make a virtue (out) of necessity


: to benefit from something that one is forced to do
When he lost his driver's license, he made a virtue out of necessity and got in shape by riding his bike to work.

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Recent Examples on the Web In light of these realities, Israel should make a virtue of necessity. Dennis Ross, Foreign Affairs, 1 May 2024 The United States could make a virtue of necessity and recognize that limited cooperation with China here makes sense. Tuvshinzaya Gantulga, Foreign Affairs, 6 Oct. 2023

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“Make a virtue (out) of necessity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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