silver lining


noun

a sign of hope in an unfortunate or gloomy situation; a bright prospect: Every cloud has a silver lining.

Origin of silver lining

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for silver lining

  • Though that style doesn't sound like it will be hitting the runway any time soon, there may be a silver-lining ahead.

    Killer Heels!|Isabel Wilkinson|October 18, 2010|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for silver lining

silver lining


noun

a comforting or hopeful aspect of an otherwise desperate or unhappy situation (esp in the phrase every cloud has a silver lining)
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Word Origin and History for silver lining

silver lining


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Idioms and Phrases with silver lining

silver lining


An element of hope or a redeeming quality in an otherwise bad situation, as in The rally had a disappointing turnout, but the silver lining was that those who came pledged a great deal of money. This metaphoric term is a shortening of Every cloud has a silver lining, in turn derived from John Milton's Comus (1634): “A sable cloud turns forth its silver lining on the night.”

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