Definition of be better than a poke in the eye (with a sharp stick) in English:

be better than a poke in the eye (with a sharp stick)

phrase

humorous
  • Be welcome or pleasing, even if other circumstances might be better.

    ‘I got a tax rebate—not a huge amount but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick’
    • ‘He's better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.’
    • ‘Not a huge amount but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.’
    • ‘Getting hold of that is certainly better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick.’