blessing in disguise

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - blessing in disguise

"blessing in disguise"

something which at first appears to be negative or detrimental but becomes fortunate or beneficial


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - blessing in disguise

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: This is a disaster. We have lost our main supplier.

Colleague 2: It may be a blessing in disguise.

Colleague 1: How is that possible? We only have enough raw materials to keep production going for less than a week.

Colleague 2: We have been complaining about the poor quality and high prices of this supplier for a long time but never really had the impetus to do anything about it. This is an opportunity for us to find a better supplier and increase our profit margins..

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - blessing in disguise

A couple are talking ...

Wife: What are you going to do now that you have lost your job?

Husband: I am going to consider it a blessing in disguise. We have enough savings to sustain us for a couple of years and I have always wanted to have the time to really concentrate on finishing writing that novel I have been working on for years. I would never have quit my job to write.

Wife: So you see this seemingly negative event as an opportunity?

Husband: Exactly.

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blessing in disguise - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for blessing in disguise.

blessing in disguise - Examples:

1)  Getting a painful ear infection from Lake Pelican was actually a blessing in disguise rewarded by two peaceful days in the infirmary.

2)  Sweet are the use of adversity. Misfortunes can sometimes be a blessing in disguise

3)  ... part of their offense better than TCU, so maybe it's a blessing in disguise that they saw it a week ahead of time.

4)  It was probably a blessing in disguise because I spent more time worrying about breathing and slowing things down.

5)  ... as a disappointment to health information professionals, it may actually be a blessing in disguise. This extra year provides HIM and other industry professionals with a window of opportunity ...

6)  You never can tell a blessing in disguise when it comes upon you. Only hindsight will reveal it. 

7)  The huge Republican defeat that is coming this November may be a blessing in disguise as it will inevitably spawn a viable third party. 

8)  ... but now that I am free, I completely see it as a blessing in disguise because it has led me to find my passion in life and to help others.

9)  This decision as unpalatable as it is, is a blessing in disguise. It will galvanize resistance to Obama.

10)  ... moved 4 times in 3 years, and having to travel lighter was a blessing in disguise. Downsizing from a large home into a very small space forces us to look ...

11)  Susanne was a blessing in disguise. Her patience and knowledge helped fine-tune and teach me better writing skills.

12)  I am confident that the six hour flight delay was a blessing in disguise as it allowed us to sit down and really chat.

13)  To treat misery as anything but misery, as for example a blessing in disguise or a necessary factor in good, is disingenuous apologetics.

14)  Sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise.... Instead of wrestling with thoughts of termination she did it for you.

15)  It may also prove to have been a blessing in disguise, helping galvanize one of the world's most high-potential economies to take action on ...

16)  So in a way, going meatless is a blessing in disguise. It kind of forces me to order these tasty meat-alternative dishes. 

17)  It is a blessing in disguise. The biggest breaks I ever got in this business was when someone got hurt.

18)  This injury may be a blessing in disguise for the team to try out more rotations with their abundance of guards.

19)  The gloomy weather seemed to be a blessing in disguise. If not for the rainy morning, it would have been scorching hot and ...

20)  This case may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. This family's nightmare should wake up a lot of people.