I'm looking for a word or a phrase which describes, a change in situation having positive effect
or being equally beneficial to both parties involved.
eg. one fears not being able to make it to a scheduled appointment,
and the other party involved calls asking if you could perhaps re-schedule said appointment.
resulting in a mutually beneficial situation out of a potentially bad one.
Kind of like collective serendipity one could say,
I guess somewhat related to 'making the best out of a bad situation'.
Or better yet, thanks to ed86 for the great suggestion; win-win.

So basically, is there another word or phrase for a win-win situation arising
out of a potentially bad one?

many thanks in advance, K!P

2 Answers 2


win win


advantageous or satisfactory to all parties involved

a win–win situation

a win–win deal

a win-win outcome

I've also heard win-win used as a noun in speech.

"It's a win win for everyone."

  • That, is deviously simple and clever. I had not even thought about it. I will add it to my question as it gives me another way to describe the word or phrase I am looking for. (if now this one which kinda perfectly describes)
    – kip
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 14:56
  • I'm glad I can help :)
    – CDM
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 14:58
  • And once you have a reasonably close term, consult a thesaurus.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Dec 28, 2015 at 21:24

More formal than "win win", consider mutually beneficial (or mutually profitable).

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