one man's loss is another man's gain

one man's loss is another man's gain

I heard ADS Advertising lost the FlemCorp account, which means we've got a shot of taking it over for ourselves. One man's loss is another man's gain! I was walking home from my night class when I stumbled across a perfectly good bicycle lying on the street. "One man's loss is another man's gain," I thought to myself, as I picked it up and rode it the rest of the way home. I was walking home from my night class when I stumbled across a perfectly good bicycle lying on the street. "One man's loss is another man's gain," I thought to myself, as I picked it up and rode it the rest of the way home.
See also: another, gain, loss, one

One man's loss is another man's gain.

Prov. When one person loses something, another person gets it. (You can substitute appropriate names or pronouns for the phrases one man's and another man's, as in the second example.) Mike found a five-dollar bill on the sidewalk. "One man's loss is another man's gain," he thought to himself, as he took the money. Jane: Andy just got fired. Jill: I know. And Andy's loss is my gain; I'm getting promoted to his job!
See also: another, gain, loss, one