one man’s loss is another man’s gain

c 1527 T. BERTHELET tr. Erasmus’ Sayings of Wise Men D1v Lyghtly whan one wynneth, an other loseth.

1733 J. BARBER in Correspondence of Swift (1965) IV. 189 Your loss will be our gain, as the proverb says.

1821 SCOTT Pirate I. vi. Doubtless one man’s loss is another man’s gain.

1918 D. H. LAWRENCE Letter 21 Feb. (1962) I. 544 I am glad to have the money from your hand. But..one man’s gain is another man’s loss.

1979 R. LITTELL Debriefing vi. Well, their loss is my gain!


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