Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)”

it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)

said to show that even a very bad situation must have some good resultsHoping and hopefulnessPotentialDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Word of the Day

well in (with)

to have a good relationship with someone in which they like you and from which you get an advantage

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More