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 that blows no good.
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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.
See also: ill, wind

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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References in classic literature ?
The whole upper vault is charged with pale krypton vapours, which our skin friction may excite to unholy manifestations.
It's an ill wind that blows no good and that was certainly the case for The Storm That I Saved a City (Wednesday, BBC1).
Still, it's an ill wind that blows no good, but a plus side to all this is that any cash-strapped young couple, setting up home, have a wide selection of retro furniture available to pick from, all for free, while at the same time helping to protect the environment.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody good, turning their full spectrum dominance doctrine into a race to the bottom.
IT'S an ill wind - as the widow of Albert Orton discovered after being cut from his will for daring to criticise his FLATULENCE.
IT'S AN ILL WIND Surfer Tom Lowe takes on a wave at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, yesterday PICTURE: COLIN GILLEN/FRAMELIGHT.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good; an economist might have written that old proverb.
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.
Yes, it's an ill wind that doesn't blow the Pumster any good, and over a ninth Sambucco nightcap at Longon's one particularly impressionable young popsie from the Commons Fees Office was persuaded to disclose the access details for this burgeoning slush fund in return for, well, let's just say we found a fairly literal interpretation of the phrase 'joined-up government'.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good, so who knows, perhaps the world-wide economic downturn will bring some benefit to the angling scene in Wales.
It's an ill wind that blows no one any good, and even in recessionary times there are businesses able to profit as a direct result of the economic downturn.