blessing in disguise


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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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Professor Beecher had nothing to do with that, nor had he with the taking of the map, as has been seen, the loss of which, after all, was a blessing in disguise, for Kurzon would never have been located by following the directions given there, as it was very inaccurate.
However, my misfortune soon proved to be a blessing in disguise.
AIDAN O'BRIEN feels it could be a blessing in disguise John F Kennedy and Ol' Man River have failed to fire this season.
au, Kuala Lumpur-based journalist Ismail Amsyar called MH370 a blessing in disguise on Twitter.
Liz, who retired from Corrie in 2008, said: "In a way, the heart attack was a blessing in disguise.
This could be a blessing in disguise for the new manager and for the squad.
The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise.
Over the last two or three years, Chris, like Boyd, has had a massive workload so this could be a blessing in disguise.
HILL OF BEATH gaffer Jock Finlayson insists his absence this season has been a blessing in disguise.
Many of Europe's business people, when brooding over these regulations, must be echoing Winston Churchill, who, when told by his wife that his recent election defeat was a blessing in disguise, replied, "At the moment it seems very effectively disguised.
In the end, this defeat could be a blessing in disguise but at the moment, all our thoughts are towards Chelsea.
KEITH MASON is ready to show his three-game suspension has been a blessing in disguise.
BRITAIN'S teenage sprint sensation Jodie Williams believes losing her remarkable 151-race winning streak at last month's World Junior Championships has been a blessing in disguise.
The failure of the England football team to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals is actually a blessing in disguise according to an employment lawyer who has worked out that the national humiliation will save the UK economy pounds 4 billion because workers will not be tempted to waste time watching games in office hours.
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.