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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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"Failing the fitness test was a blessing in disguise. After that, he (Mohammed Shami) was a changed man.
Vicente refused to give details about their meeting but the women's national team head coach said it was a blessing in disguise as he could focus solidly on University of the East's (UE) campaign in Season 80 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) women's volleyball tournament that starts next month.
Liz, who retired from Corrie in 2008, said: "In a way, the heart attack was a blessing in disguise. My heart problem is now being managed.
Gorkss said: "I was in no way angry or sad to leave QPR - it was a blessing in disguise.
"I think (the injury) was a blessing in disguise looking back at it now."
Many of Europe's business people, when brooding over these regulations, must be echoing Winston Churchill, who, when told by his wife that his recent election defeat was a blessing in disguise, replied, "At the moment it seems very effectively disguised."
"At the time I was pretty devastated but, looking back on it, it was a blessing in disguise," said Williams.
"Training in America is the best move I have made and maybe the defeat by Prescott was a blessing in disguise.
Six minutes later Hussein replied that Amsyar was right, adding that MH370 was a blessing in disguise for everyone.
BILL Clinton's heart scare was a blessing in disguise and a warning to everyone, his wife said yesterday.
"International cricket can sometimes get to you on a mental and demanding side, that is why in a way it was a blessing in disguise that we had two days extra to explore New Zealand a little bit," Sports24 quoted Morkel, as saying.