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    "It is an ill wind that blows nobody good."

    May I ask how to interpret this sentence? Thanks.

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    Re: "It is an ill wind that blows nobody good."

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    May I ask how to interpret this sentence? Thanks.
    I know it as "It's an ill wind that blows no good".
    Literally it means, "It would have to be a very bad wind if it did not do some good to someone."
    For example,
    A: Hurricane X wiped out a few houses.
    B: Yes, but it's brought rain to the farmers.
    A: True, it's an ill wind that blows no good.
    (One could call Hurricane Katrina an "ill wind" perhaps).

    Obviously, the figurative meaning applies to things other than winds.

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