It's an ill wind that blows no good In english explanation

The meaning, explanation, definition and origin of the idiom/phrase "it's an ill wind that blows no good", English Idiom Dictionary ( also found in Vietnamese )

author Zelda Thuong calendar 2020-12-03 08:12

Meaning of It's an ill wind that blows no good

It's an ill wind that blows no good American British saying spoken language

Sometimes this idiom is also known as the phrase "it's an ill wind".

This is said when things have gone wrong or when bad situations happen, there can also be some positive results.

The long lasting wide spread heavy rain has caused flooding, but it helps to nourish soil naturally. It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

It seems to be true that it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

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Grammar and Usage of It's an ill wind that blows no good

Origin of It's an ill wind that blows no good

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This expression appeared in John Heywood's 1546 proverb collection and remains so well known that it is often shortened (an ill wind). Heywood's meaning was that "a wind that was unlucky for one person would bring good fortune to another". It also gave rise to a much-quoted pun about the difficulty of playing the oboe, describing the instrument as an ill wind that nobody blows good.


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