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Origin of silver lining
Words nearby silver lining
What does silver lining mean?
A silver lining is a sign of hope or a positive aspect in an otherwise negative situation.
The phrase is often seen as part of the proverb Every cloud has a silver lining, meaning that there’s hope or something good to be found in every bad situation. In real life, when a cloud looks like its edges are shining and silvery, it’s because the sun is behind it. That’s the metaphor: things are cloudy (bad), but they will get sunny (positive) again—or you can least enjoy the one shiny (positive) part in all the gloominess.
Example: Getting your tonsils out is a bummer, but there’s a silver lining—you get to eat a lot of ice cream afterward.
Where does silver lining come from?
Poet John Milton wrote about a cloud with a silver lining all the way back in 1637, but the first records of proverbs about clouds with silver linings come from the 1800s.
Since then, the phrase silver lining (and silver linings) has continued to be popularly used to point out the positive aspects in less than ideal circumstances. The silver lining in such a situation can be a general sense of hope, as in I know things are bad now, but you just wait, there will be a silver lining to all of this (meaning things will get better). It is also commonly used to refer to a specific positive part of a negative situation, as in I missed the concert, but there was a silver lining—I met your father that night in the parking lot.
The phrase is often used as a way to encourage someone to be optimistic or “look on the bright side.” If a person is good at doing this, you might describe them as “always being able to see the silver lining.”
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- silver linings (plural)
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How is silver lining used in real life?
Silver lining is most often used when trying to encourage people. It is commonly used as part of the expression Every cloud has a silver lining.
One interesting thing about all this is many of us have no idea who we are outside of a job or school. We’ve poured basically all of our identity into those things. But now? There’s a chance to return to self. There’s a chance to rediscover self. I think that’s a silver lining.
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McDermott's departure comes with a silver lining for Carolina. Likely means they'll hold on to DBs coach Steve Wilks, with promotion to DC.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 11, 2017
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Example sentences from the Web for silver lining
The silver lining is that our existing vaccines and antibody therapies are still likely to be effective against the new strain.A Language AI Is Accurately Predicting Covid-19 ‘Escape’ Mutations|Shelly Fan|January 19, 2021|Singularity Hub
Now, a silver lining — perhaps that’s a bit flip — but smaller cohort size would mean smaller class sizes in school, less competition for limited college slots, so those individuals might benefit in that way.How Much Do We Really Care About Children? (Ep. 447)|Stephen J. Dubner|January 14, 2021|Freakonomics
If there’s a silver lining to this claim that antifa was somehow involved in the mob’s actions, it’s that it is at least rooted in something resembling evidence.No, there’s no substantive evidence that the Capitol riot was spurred by antifa|Philip Bump, Dalton Bennett|January 7, 2021|Washington Post
The silver lining to the many horrific details we learned about how San Diego police were wielding an outdated, unconstitutional law to punish San Diegans’ speech is that the law has been wiped from the books.
As Carlson wrote in March, when the economy takes a beating there can be some silver linings.
Clad in a blue, striped button-down, a silver watch adorning his left wrist, Huckabee beams on the cover.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These are dark times for network TV, but experiments like Galavant are the silver lining.
Her name was Courtney, and she was a fashion editor for magazines like Photoplay, Screenland, Silver Screen.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No congratulations for those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths and then blame the poor for being poor.
Brinsley stepped up to the passenger side of the patrol car, raised a silver Taurus semi-automatic pistol and began firing.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gold and silver make the feet stand sure: but wise counsel is above them both.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
"It will go through, if I live," calmly replied Harry, as he carefully concealed the message in the lining of his coat.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
At once cover the mouth of the tube with a filter-paper cap moistened with saturated aqueous solution of silver nitrate (1:1).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
When used by gentlemen it was common to carry a silver basin to spit in.
But his servant runs after the man, and gets two talents of silver and some garments under false pretences.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for silver lining
Idioms and Phrases with 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.”