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 Bill Gates sees a silver lining to the massive Omicron surges breaking COVID case records around the world. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 If there’s one silver lining to the no centers situation, it’s that there’s a ton of clarity about how the Jazz have to defend — switch everything, help down low. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Jan. 2022 For some vaccine developers, the pandemic has had a silver lining in billions of dollars in profits, but a new vaccine rolling out soon in India is taking the opposite approach: Its developers are getting zilch, The Washington Post writes. Ed Silverman, STAT, 4 Jan. 2022 While that’s a headache of epic proportions for hiring managers and human resources directors, economists and labor market experts say there is a significant silver lining. NBC News, 31 Dec. 2021 For some vaccine developers, the coronavirus pandemic has had a silver lining in billions of dollars in profits. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 That offers a modest silver lining for a global industry laid low by a pre-pandemic explosion of e-commerce, followed by on-again, off-again Covid-19 lockdowns. WSJ, 25 Dec. 2021 Kate, 39, then spoke about the silver lining that came out of the difficult times. Stephanie Petit,, 23 Dec. 2021 This introspection might be a silver lining outcome of the pandemic. Mary Meehan, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021

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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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21 Jan 2022

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“Silver lining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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