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silver lining

noun

Simple Definition of silver lining

  • : something good that can be found in a bad situation

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of silver lining

  1. :  a consoling or hopeful prospect

Examples of silver lining in a sentence

  1. If there's a silver lining to losing my job, it's that I'll now be able to go to school full-time and finish my degree earlier.



Origin and Etymology of silver lining

from the phrase “every cloud has a silver lining


First Known Use: 1871


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