it's an ill wind

it's an ill wind

Even the most negative or harmful situations usually benefit someone. Thus a situation that benefits no one must be truly bad (and rare). The phrase is a shortening of "it's an ill wind that blows no good." The rain caused flooding, but it may help the farmers. It's an ill wind, as they say.
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it's an ill wind

If you say it's an ill wind you mean that bad events and situations often have unexpected good effects. I spent three months in hospital recovering from the illness. But it's an ill wind — I fell in love with and married the woman who nursed me there. It's an ill wind, of course, and what is bad for the oil companies is good for the consumer and inflation. Note: This expression comes from the proverb it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good and sometimes, people use that full proverb. It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, though it is hard to see how these horrific events could be to anyone's advantage.
See also: ill, wind

it's an ill wind

few things are so bad that no one profits from them. proverb
The full form of this nautical saying is it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good or that profits nobody . Recorded since the mid 16th century, it is used especially as a comment on a situation in which one person's bad luck is the cause of another's good fortune.
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it’s an ˌill ˈwind (that blows ˌnobody any ˈgood)

(saying) no problem is so bad that it does not bring some advantage to somebody: The fire destroyed half the village. For the builders business has never been better. It’s an ill wind...
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"It's an ill wind dat blow nowhar,--dat ar a fact," said Sam, sententiously, giving an additional hoist to his pantaloons, and adroitly substituting a long nail in place of a missing suspender-button, with which effort of mechanical genius he seemed highly delighted.
Divided we fall, together we stand It's an ill wind that blows across his land A new heartbeat is needed In London's number 10 To change the corridors of power But who knows when?
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It's an ill wind that blows nobody good, turning their full spectrum dominance doctrine into a race to the bottom.
1 It's an ill wind: Bradley Davies was one of the stars of Wasps' Leinster win last weekend, so when he was forced out of the side on Sunday morning through illness, he left a sizeable hole.
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It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good; an economist might have written that old proverb.
For some reason as he lay in the overturned wreckage, an old proverb came into Stuart's mind: 'It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good' - meaning nothing is all bad, and sometimes, you can gain a benefit from even the worst tragedy.
Of course it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, and this region benefits through its energy export receipts whenever instability either locally or internationally blows up.
CONDITIONS WIND UP THE PROS - They say it's an ill wind that blows no good.
Yesterday's highlights The saying it's an ill wind that blows no-one any good is the first thing that sprung to mind after watching the juvenile maiden hurdle at Ludlow.
It's an ill wind that blows no good and the budget cuts at BBC Two could be a blessing in disguise.
I digress, it's an ill wind that doesn't blow some good.
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