To Advantage

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Advantage’

To advantage means in a way that helps or benefits you; in a way that produces a favorable effect; in an advantageous way.1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2“Advantage.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advantage.

Examples of Use

“As a young congressional aide, he learned to use politics to advantage.”

“If you want to be successful in business, you have to take risks and use them to advantage.”

“She used her sexuality to advantage when dealing with prospective clients.”

Origin

The word advantage, used as a noun to mean benefit, profit, gain, or higher position, comes from Middle English. The current phrase has been used in in the present sense since at least the early 1900s.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms]. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
2. “Advantage.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advantage.