saving grace


Definition of saving grace

: a redeeming quality or factor

Examples of saving grace in a Sentence

It's expensive, but the machine's saving grace is its ease of operation. One of her saving graces is a good sense of humor.

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The one saving grace is that Microsoft already charges, $199 for the Surface Dock though prices are lower elsewhere. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: The Kensington SD7000 dock turns a Surface tablet into a Surface Studio," 21 Jan. 2019 Nosedive’s saving grace is the opportunity for discussion the Experience phase brings. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Black Mirror card game isn’t soul-crushing enough to reflect the show," 8 Dec. 2018 Oprah is back to be our saving grace this holiday season with her 2018 List of Favorite Things and there's 107 items from which to choose. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Oprah Wants You To Grow Your Own Christmas Tree, Plus All The Other Things She Loves," 7 Nov. 2018 The saving grace is that if the deal goes ahead, shareholders can bail out by accepting Mr. Musk’s offer at a premium of 23% above Monday’s undisturbed price. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Elon Musk’s Flawed Plan for Tesla Shareholders," 9 Aug. 2018 Coconut oil—yes, god's gift to the beauty world—proved to be my saving grace. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "19 Glamour Editors on the Advice That Completely Changed Their Hair," 31 Aug. 2018 How ironic if that turns out to be his saving grace. Monica Davey, New York Times, "Who Is Rod Blagojevich? And How Does He Know President Trump?," 31 May 2018 Making out enemies and allies alike is easy enough, which is the graphics' saving grace, and there's definitely color and scenery variety between the nine online maps. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Feel better about your PlayStation VR with sweet new games Astro Bot, Firewall," 11 Oct. 2018 Returning a third time as director, Genndy Tartakovsky lends his usual graphic savvy, providing a not-quite-saving grace. Michael Mccullers, New York Times, "Review: Raising the Stakes With ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of saving grace

1798, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of saving grace

: a good quality that makes a bad or unpleasant person or thing better or more acceptable

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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