ill wind

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You can describe an unfortunate event as an ill wind if someone benefits from it. The expression occurs in the proverb `It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good'.

But it's an ill wind; I recovered and married one of my nurses from that hospital.


English dictionary. 2008.

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