turn something to your advantage

turn (something) to (one's) advantage

To deal with something in a way that lead's to one's ultimate benefit or advantage. The personal pronoun before "advantage" can be omitted. Many savvy investors turned the economic crash to their benefit by buying up huge amounts of cheap property in prime locations around the world and waiting for their value to climb back up to their previous levels. I know it looks like a raw deal, but let's see if we can find a way to turn it to advantage.
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turn something to your advantage

If you turn a situation to your advantage, you get a benefit from it, especially when it might be expected to harm or damage you. The government have not been able to turn today's demonstration to their advantage. The need to move with your husband's job can sometimes be turned to your advantage.
See also: advantage, something, to, turn
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turn something to your (own) adˈvantage

use or change a bad situation so that it helps you: She had three empty rooms in the house after her children left home, so she decided to turn this to her advantage and rent them out to students.
See also: advantage, something, to, turn
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