make a virtue (out) of necessity

Definition of make a virtue (out) of necessity

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

makeplay
  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

virtueplay
  1. :  conformity to a standard of right :  morality

    :  a particular moral excellence

    :  a beneficial quality or power of a thing

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

necessityplay
  1. :  the quality or state of being necessary

    :  pressure of circumstance

    :  physical or moral compulsion


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