Meaning of “make a virtue (out) of sth” in the English Dictionary

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"make a virtue (out) of sth" in British English

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make a virtue (out) of sth

to use something, especially a bad situation, to your advantage:

I had a couple of months to spare between jobs so I thought I'd make a virtue of necessity by acquiring a few new skills.

(Definition of “make a virtue (out) of sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)