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Idioms

a blessing in disguise

This page is about the idiom a blessing in disguise

Meaning

You can say something is a blessing in disguise if it appears to be bad at first, but it results in something very good in the end.

For example

  • Being caught in that traffic jam was a blessing in disguise. If I hadn't missed the flight, I would have been on that plane when it crashed.

  • His accident was a blessing in disguise because it gave him lots of time to think about his life while he was recovering, and as a result he made some important changes that improved his life.

Quick Quiz

Losing that job was a blessing in disguise because it meant I

a. got a much better job

b. lost my house

c. was unemployed for years

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Contributor: Matt Errey