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.
Recent Examples on the Web Singapore’s saving grace is its high vaccination coverage. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2021 Chemicals have been Exxon’s saving grace since last year when demand for packaging and hygiene products spiked. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 30 July 2021 Without access to people or the office, technology was and continues to be the saving grace that enables a productive remote work environment that can handle every curve thrown at it. Nathaniel Kunes, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Even in an inconsistent season with three freshman starters, basketball was Oregon State’s saving grace that year. Bud Withers, oregonlive, 24 Oct. 2020 Nine months after his death, Hank Aaron’s legacy had once again become a saving grace. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2021 Croatia’s geography has proven a saving grace for trade and tourism, and Vresnik declares the nation is lucky to have its thousand kilometers of coastline, directly across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Lenders advertise these relatively small-dollar loans as a saving grace for people living paycheck to paycheck. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021 For the older people in care institutions, the experience is both a saving grace and a source of anguish. Farai Mutsaka, ajc, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of saving grace

1798, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of saving grace was in 1798

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26 Nov 2021

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“Saving grace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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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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