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 Not surprisingly, the director's worst movie is at its best when simply eavesdropping on conversations—a Linklater speciality, here a saving grace. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 4 Apr. 2023 The saving grace had lately been that if Texas could get to one of its closers, things were safe. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 28 Aug. 2023 Mark Miles, Doug Boles and company looked at that race as a springboard instead of a saving grace. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2023 The low-cost investment may have been a saving grace. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2023 This closeness, shown without a smidgen of sentimentality, serves as the saving grace of these women’s lives. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Aug. 2023 Their saving grace may be a stretch of three-straight series against the lowly White Sox, Royals and Athletics that might help Seattle pad its record before September begins. Shawn McFarland, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2023 Bryan has been, and continues to be, her saving grace through this battle. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 Even as job openings have receded from their peak and layoffs cascade in some industries, one saving grace of the labor market is the plethora of open positions, with 1.8 openings for every American who is looking to get hired. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 30 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of saving grace was in 1798

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“Saving grace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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