'his school record is either a feast or a famine'

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marsbeing

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Tom is a clever but a bit sluggish student; no wonder his school record is either a feast or a famine.
This is an example sentence from a book for English learners and I am not sure if it is totally correct. Can 'feast' and 'famine' be used this way?

Any help is appreciated.
 
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    This is very weird English and I don't think I'd consider using a book that contained such sentences. (By the way, is the book for beginners or for advanced students?)
     
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