make a virtue (out) of necessity

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

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

  2. : brand

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

virtue play
  1. : conformity to a standard of right : morality

  2. : a particular moral excellence

  3. : a beneficial quality or power of a thing

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

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

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

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

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

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

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

necessity play
  1. : the quality or state of being necessary

  2. : pressure of circumstance

  3. : physical or moral compulsion


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