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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Customers such as Paul and Makaela Bryant say Buc-ee's has been their saving grace. al, "How Buc-ee’s took America by storm," 14 Aug. 2019 Eudoxie Bridges Eudoxie and LeToya are her saving grace. Essence, "Keri Hilson, LeToya Luckett and Eudoxie Bridges Talk Black Women Celebrating and Supporting Each Other," 23 July 2019 On days when exercise is at the bottom of your priority list and making it to a fitness class on time presents a scheduling nightmare, a HIIT workout can be your saving grace. Amy Marturana, SELF, "A 10-Minute Total-Body Dumbbell HIIT Workout You Can Do on Busy Days," 9 May 2019 Which is to say, consumer spending is both the saving grace and the Achilles heel of the U.S. economy. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Worried about a recession? Go out and buy a pair of shoes," 26 Aug. 2019 Its saving grace may be that the big automakers aren’t exactly hitting home runs. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Tesla’s losses are piling up despite record sales," 24 July 2019 There's Milk Makeup's miniature waterproof mascara for those poolside afternoons, and Drybar's TSA-friendly dry shampoo that acts as the ultimate saving grace for those who intend to forgo a wash until Monday. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Ultimate Beauty Travel Kit: 14 Small Wonders to Pack for a Weekend Away," 24 July 2019 Mixed in there are seven games against the JV Jays and the tanking Baltimore Orioles, the type of have-nots that have served as the Sox’ saving grace in their playoff chase. Globe Staff,, "Red Sox needed Dodgers rematch as a reminder of what they can do," 13 July 2019 In this context, the season's least graceful character has become its saving grace, and she's garnered more intrigue with each successive episode. Lorraine Ali,, "‘Big Little Lies’: How Meryl Streep redeems a mediocre season," 15 July 2019

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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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