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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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 Time and geographic locale has been the saving grace for remains buried at Hockley Cemetery. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Historian and UTSA archaeologists discover remains at forgotten African American burial site," 18 June 2018 The saving grace is the acting with all characters, from Ford (Anthony Hopkins) down to Clementine (Angela Sarafyan) committing. William Lee,, "‘Westworld’ Episode 7 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Les Écorchés' and what lies beneath the surface," 4 June 2018 The saving grace is that the dollar so far hasn’t risen much relative to last year’s drop. Greg Ip, WSJ, "In a Dollarized World, a Rising Dollar Spells Pain," 9 May 2018

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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