be a blessing in disguise

be a blessing in disguise

To result 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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This could be a blessing in disguise for the new manager and for the squad.
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.
In the end, this defeat could be a blessing in disguise but at the moment, all our thoughts are towards Chelsea.
MASON: my ban could turn out to be a blessing in disguise
Asif, who was banned from international cricket for a year on doping charges, said the break proved to be a blessing in disguise as it helped him overcome his niggling injuries.
Glenn Roeder believes Emre's return to international football tonight has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Newcastle United, (writes Alan Oliver).
Overall, the system will eventually find the right efficiencies and the inability of government to fully understand world trade may be a blessing in disguise.
Couple say quitting proved to be a blessing in disguise
In a way that defeat could be a blessing in disguise because we were getting carried away after the Feyenoord and Southampton games," he said.
When the season comes along, it's going to be a blessing in disguise that Greco's not around.
Sometimes, a sorrow or disappointment can be a blessing in disguise and depends on the angle from which we view it.
WIGAN boss Paul Jewell believes his side's shock Carling Cup defeat at Grimsby could be a blessing in disguise as he chases a Premiership dream.
Before this is all over this can turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
And only then does Zambia fully comprehend the wisdom of the age-old dictum that even the most painful situation can be a blessing in disguise.