English Idioms: A Blessing in Disguise


Blessing in Disguise: Unfortunate event that has an unexpectedly positive outcome.

Missing the train was a blessing in disguise, because that is when I met my wife. 

This idiom has its origins in China, originally part of the longer phrase, “misfortune may be a blessing in disguise.” This saying originally comes from a story in “Lessons from the Human World” of Hua Nan Zi compiled by Liu An in the West Han Dynasty.



2 thoughts on “English Idioms: A Blessing in Disguise

  1. I love idioms 🙂 I was doing a few with a student today. I asked him what he thought ‘that’s not my cup of tea’ meant. He said that something wasn’t easy. I said, no, something easy is a piece of cake. He replied – that doesn’t make any sense. A cup of tea is so much easier to make than a cake! I thought it was a valid point 🙂

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