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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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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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devil in disguise

Something or someone that appears to be good, useful, or benevolent, but that in reality proves to be the opposite. When I first met my ex-husband, I thought he was the nicest, most generous man alive, but he turned out to be the devil in disguise. The new cancer-treating drug held great promise, but it proved a devil in disguise when the true scale of its side effects became known.
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disguise (someone or oneself) in (something)

To make one unrecognizable through the use of clothing and other such props. The robbers disguised themselves in masks so that no one would recognize them when they committed the crime.
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disguise (someone or something) as (someone or something)

To cause someone or something to look or seem like someone or something else. Unless you plan to disguise yourself as a potted plant, there's no way you'll be able to sit in on that meeting. I think that statement was just anger disguised as sarcasm.
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in disguise

Hiding the true appearance or nature of someone or something. A: "Well, if you want to spy on him, we'll have to go to the restaurant in disguise." B: "I've got some wigs from last Halloween—will that work?" 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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disguise someone in something

to conceal someone's identity in a costume or makeup. We disguised her in men's clothing and got her across the border. She disguised herself in a clown suit.
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disguise someone or something as someone or something

to dress or make someone up to appear to be someone or something. We disguised the child as a witch. We disguised Gerald as a pumpkin.
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in disguise

hidden behind a disguise; looking like something else. Santa Claus was really the little child's father in disguise. What I thought was terrible turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a blessing in disguise

an apparent misfortune that eventually has good results.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

blessing in disguise, a

Good luck coming out of bad; a misfortune unexpectedly turning into a good thing. “E’en crosses from his sov’reign hand are blessings in disguise,” wrote the eighteenth-century poet James Hervey, “cross” here meaning “a cross to bear,” or burden. The phrase has been a cliché for about a century.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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The relationship between disguiser and disguise is marked not by the needs and rules of the representation of character but by the sheer zest of game some allusion to and affinity with the realities of gendered masquerade.
The chief disguiser this time is the noble Momford, who, falsely accused of treason and banished from the kingdom, conceals himself in various guises: first as a soldier, then as the blind beggar, then as the beggar's brother.
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By accompanying his father, Akiga witnessed the akombo, and in looking into the chest he saw the imborivungu or 'owl pipes', composite voice disguisers including human remains (or cast in brass) associated with the repair of the land but also with the night and tsav (Bohannan 1955: 146-9; Balfour 1948).
With the emphasis on costume and performance of role, this read not just as eccentricity intended to embarrass Katherina in the process of her taming, but sent a specific message about his disdain for the superficialities of social propriety and rejection of the hypocrisy of other disguisers. It is interesting to note in this context that the only altercation between Petruchio and Katherina in the course of his abusive taming which we actually see rather than hear about, was the tailor scene, where he rejected the cap and dress that has been ordered, denigrating them as ugly and demode.
Sarwar told the court he purchased three voice disguisers.