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 The option to work from home has been a saving grace that has protected high-income tech and professional jobs. Andrew Chamberlain For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "How Biden can get the US job market back on track," 11 Nov. 2020 The one saving grace, other than the inarguably pretty costumes and scenery, is Kristin Scott Thomas’s Mrs. Danvers, played as suitably cruel and cold. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Last Night I Dreamed I Watched a Better Movie," 8 Nov. 2020 This year, that aspect of American federalism was a saving grace. New York Times, "But it is fragile and under threat.," 7 Nov. 2020 But launching a brand of attire tailored for working from home might be a saving grace. Rachel King, Fortune, "Gift Guide: What to wear when working from home," 2 Nov. 2020 While yes, those price points aren't necessarily a casual impulse buy, the quality and quantity of the tools (not to mention the novelty and innovation of the Posey itself, which trust, is a saving grace for your back) are fair for the price. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Olive & June’s New Nail Kit Gave Me A Salon-Perfect Pedicure (& I Did It Myself)," 27 Oct. 2020 Tenet was positioned as movie theaters' saving grace, the film that would bring cinemas back to life. Tyler Aquilina,, "Why Tenet can't save the box office, and what that means for Hollywood," 16 Sep. 2020 But the one saving grace has been that the kids have been pulling together to help their mother and each other. oregonlive, "Oregon wildfires heap emotional trauma on children already suffering from coronavirus pandemic," 20 Oct. 2020 Work became a saving grace and provided her family a good life. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Kelly rings the bell to remove barriers for those seeking jobs," 17 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Nov 2020

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“Saving grace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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