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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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 Luckily, conditions were placid enough for lending and investment banking fees to act as a saving grace. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Big Banks Could Use More Excitement," 18 June 2018 Even as his trial gets underway Monday, Greitens also faces an impeachment vote as a special session begins Friday in the Missouri House of Representatives, where the fact that his own party enjoys a large majority may be no saving grace. Marc Fisher,, "Trump, Schneiderman, Greitens and the changing shape of sex scandals," 13 May 2018 For XXXTentacion, streaming has been a saving grace: His legal drama -- including a litany of charges stemming from his 2016 domestic violence case -- has not stopped a large population of listeners from pressing play. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Is Radio Starting to Embrace XXXTentacion?," 11 Apr. 2018 The only saving grace for the Bundeswehr is that with the wind-down of NATO support in Afghanistan, there's no immediate combat mission for the German military. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Germany’s Typhoon problem: Only four fighters can be made combat ready," 15 May 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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