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best of both worlds

best of both worlds

Meaning:

  • a win-win situation
  • a situation in which one can get the advantages of two different or contrasting things at the same time
  • a situation where one can enjoy the benefit of two different opportunities.
  • the best features of two different things

Examples:

  1. “If you decide to live here you get the greenery of the countryside and the amenities of urban life. Its the best of both worlds, really.”
  2. “You can get this item for cheap, but you’ll have to compromise on quality. You cannot have the best of both worlds.”
  3. My cousin is a research fellow at the university, so gets the freedom of a student and the privileges of a professor. He has the best of both worlds.
  4. Working from home is a huge plus; you have the luxury of staying at home and you get the benefits of having a job. Its the best of both worlds.
  5. He wanted to become an entrepreneur but could not leave the comforts of his job. He wanted the best of both worlds.
  6.  I got a deal that let me stay in five star luxury at two star prices; it was the best of both worlds.

Origin:
The origin of this expression is unclear, but it became popular in the mid and late 1900s.

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