to turn something to your advantage

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - turn to advantage

"to turn something to your advantage"

to respond to something (often potentially negative or detrimental) in a way so that you benefit from it


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - turn to advantage

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: What are we going to do about this drastic downturn in the market?

Colleague 2: We are going to turn it to our advantage.

Colleague 1: How are we going to do that?

Colleague 2: By using it as an opportunity to streamline our business. We are going to let go non-essential staff and then overhaul our operations to concentrate on our very core business. We will end up leaner and more aggressive and ready to conquer new opportunities.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - turn to advantage

A couple are talking ...

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

Husband: I am going to turn my new-found freedom to my advantage. 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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to turn something to your advantage - Gerund Form:

Turning potentially disastrous situations to advantage is a sign of a good manager.

to turn something to your advantage - Examples:

1)  ... fight it to the death or seize the day and somehow turn it to your advantage?

2)  Instead of bitching about this, turn it to your advantage. Set alarms to remind you to make the tea/coffee. If your boss has ...

3)  ... is that we have managed to turn it into an advantage. Our isolation has allowed our dancers to develop our own way of doing things.

4)  If we think that others will exploit the system or consistently turn it to their advantage, if we believe the game is unfair, we will not want to play.

5)  ... resourceful countries may be able to deal with it and even turn it to their advantage. They can use complexity as a device to minimize their commitments in negotiations.

6)  They could turn this to their advantage, by not only bringing down Urbain, but also raising their position, especially ...

7)  Very well: if he is smart, he can turn that to his advantage, using the very speed of his decline to propel his rebound.

8)  Ordinary men avoid trouble. Extraordinary men turn it to their advantage

9)  But perhaps they can turn this to their advantage by encouraging understanding of their culture and bringing in some much-needed tourist dollars.

10)  ... some of the shades of carpet available on the market. Turn this to your advantage when buying, as you are likely to spot two fairly similar looking carpets in ...

11)  I can be that jockey and, as a female, turn it to my advantage and promote my brand a bit more.

12)  A better way to turn volatility to your advantage is by investing small sums regularly, rather than in a lump sum.

13)  Publishers that embrace the new rules and figure out how to turn them to their advantage will prosper.

14)  If you take what life has thrown at you and turn it to your advantage you will enjoy it more.

15)  Conditions were appalling, but Leinster couldn't turn them to their advantage, and watched the game slip away in the last 20 minutes. 

16)  ... or came up blank in an assessment. Turn this to your advantage! It shows maturity to admit you are human; don't let embarrassment trip ...

17)  The Magpie reckons he could turn adversity to advantage here, there could be some real business opportunities on offer.

18)  ... if I got an especially bad one, I would turn it to my advantage.

19)  ... says he understands these voters' anger and wants to turn it to his advantage

20)  ... is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.