silver lining


Definition of silver lining

: a consoling or hopeful prospect

Examples of silver lining in a Sentence

If there's a silver lining to losing my job, it's that I'll now be able to go to school full-time and finish my degree earlier.
Recent Examples on the Web But the way Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford sees it, there's at least one silver lining to his team's COVID-19-related losses. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "No, Matthew Stafford won't be Detroit Lions' player-coach vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers," 24 Dec. 2020 Yes, this Monday finally has a silver lining as Pippa Middleton, Kate's younger sister, is pregnant with her second child with husband James Matthews. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Is Pregnant With Her Second Child," 14 Dec. 2020 The silver lining to steady rain was the glistening pavement that reflected the holiday lighting, giving depth and dimension to the array of colors. Karie Angell Luc,, "‘Wonderfest’ featured drive-by holiday performances by students, light show at Barrington High School: ‘It’s a new adventure’," 14 Dec. 2020 The year began with Los Angeles enjoying a 21-day stretch of smog-free days, a silver lining to a deadly pandemic. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California Week in Review: A vaccine at the end of the tunnel," 12 Dec. 2020 Jeanne said the other silver lining is that after the debacle, her son Ken decided to move most of the decorations to the backyard. Marina Affo, USA TODAY, "Santa comes home: How social media helped this Delaware family reunite with beloved Christmas decoration," 6 Dec. 2020 If there’s a short-term silver lining, it’s that Californians tend to enjoy exploring their own backyard and are expected to forgo bigger trips and travel locally in higher numbers as the pandemic drags on. Gregory Thomas,, "Coronavirus will have cut California’s tourism industry nearly in half by end of 2020," 27 Nov. 2020 But the silver lining to the library's ongoing closure is that many Valley branches have reopened to offer curbside pick up so bookworms can still get their fix without having to leave the comfort of their cars. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "From Alice Cooper to cocktails and sunsets, here's why we're thankful to live in Arizona," 24 Nov. 2020 One silver lining during the pandemic has been our family’s Zoom get-togethers. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Woman wonders if in-laws’ ‘mean dog’ is racist," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of silver lining

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silver lining

from the phrase "every cloud has a silver lining"

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The first known use of silver lining was in 1871

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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Silver lining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of silver lining

: something good that can be found in a bad situation

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