a blessing in disguise


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a blessing in disguise

An unfortunate event or situation that results in an unforeseen positive outcome. Running late for work turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I would have been in the middle of that big multi-car pileup had I left the house on time.
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blessing in disguise

Fig. something that at first seems bad, but later turns out to be beneficial. Tony's motorcycle accident was a blessing in disguise, because he got enough insurance money from the other driver to make a down payment on a house. Dad's illness was a blessing in disguise; it brought the family together for the first time in years.
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blessing in disguise

A misfortune that unexpectedly turns into good fortune, as in Missing the train was a blessing in disguise, for if I hadn't, I wouldn't have met my future wife . [Mid-1700s]
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a blessing in disguise

COMMON If an event is a blessing in disguise, it causes problems at first, but later brings greater advantages. Franklin's illness proved a blessing in disguise, for it gave him strength and courage which he had not had before. The defeat might be a blessing in disguise — she now avoids a quarter final clash with America's Linda Harvey-Wild. Other observers feel the split may be a blessing in disguise for the organization.
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a blessing in disguise

an apparent misfortune that eventually has good results.
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a blessing in disˈguise

a thing that seems bad, unpleasant, etc. at first but that has advantages in the end: Not getting that job was a blessing in disguise, as the firm went out of business only a few months later.
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DAVE BOWMAN reckons the referees' shock strike could turn out to be a blessing in disguise - because it's time foreign and English whistlers were given a chance to rule the roost in Scotland.
Sometimes, a sorrow or disappointment can be a blessing in disguise and depends on the angle from which we view it.
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BILL Clinton's heart scare was a blessing in disguise and a warning to everyone, his wife said yesterday.
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So in a way, I think it was a blessing in disguise.
In A Blessing in Disguise, the focus shifts to a young African-American girl's conflicts while struggling to come to grips with the seamier side of her parents' past; setting the child's experiences against the backdrop of a neighborhood in strife, this last book of Tate's trilogy takes a tough, no-nonsense look at what happens when drugs, crime, and violence invade a rural community.
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