blessing in disguise

Idiom

Blessing in Disguise

Definition

A blessing in disguise is when something initially appears to be a bad or unwelcome event, but actually has a positive outcome

Examples

My car breaking down ended up being a blessing in disguise because it forced me to take public transport which I now enjoy.

The fact that my job wasn’t renewed turned out to be a blessing in disguise as I found an even better job shortly after.

Origin

This phrase originated in the late 1700s and is attributed to the playwright Oliver Goldsmith in his 1766 work ‘The Vicar of Wakefield’.

FAQs

Q: What does it mean when something is a blessing in disguise? A: It means that something initially appeared to be bad or unwelcome, but it actually has a positive outcome.