Blessing in disguise

Blessing in disguise is an idiom that is hundreds of years old. We will examine the meaning of the common saying blessing in disguise, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

A blessing in disguise refers to a misfortune or bad situation that turns out to have some positive aspects to it or turns out to lead to a better situation. For instance, being fired from a job may turn out to be a blessing in disguise if it frees one to find a better job, afterward. The expression a blessing in disguise dates from the mid-1770s and is first found in a hymn written by James Hervey, Since All the Downward Tracts of Time: “Ev’n crosses from His sovereign hand Are blessings in disguise.” Most experts suspect that the idiom a blessing in disguise was in use before this time.

Examples

The Saudis have grumbled about the American efforts in this regard, but for Saudi Arabia, these efforts may prove a blessing in disguise. (Tehran Times)

Looking at the position the organization is in at this stage of its rebuild, it is likely a blessing in disguise that the talented wideout turned down a long-term contract offer. (Sports Illustrated)

MATRIC pupils from boys’ schools in Durban, who all received seven distinctions, said yesterday that the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 was a “blessing in disguise”. (The Independent)