silver lining

noun

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.

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But there's a silver lining: Tax write-offs will allow the hedge fund manager to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars over several years. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "David Tepper's deal to buy the Panthers has a multimillion-dollar silver lining," 1 June 2018 But there was also a silver lining, as community members reached out to help and entertain people stuck in their cars. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "New detour for Friday’s Glenn Highway commuters after day of frustration and unexpected bright spots," 23 Mar. 2018 Small silver lining: Everything’s on sale until the end. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "The 8 latest Seattle-area restaurant closures — including Madrona’s beloved St. Clouds," 28 Nov. 2018 One silver lining for Democrats: The new voting restrictions may not have a huge impact on elections. German Lopez, Vox, "North Dakota’s new voting restrictions seem aimed at Native Americans who vote Democrat," 31 Oct. 2018 Besides the obvious silver lining—that glorious 60-minute gain of precious sleep on Saturday night—what better time to focus on a new regimen that maximizes beauty sleep? Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "8 Eye Masks For the Best Beauty Sleep of Your Life," 29 Oct. 2018 One tiny silver lining, perhaps, would be the fact that the Germans went on to win the final. SI.com, "7 of the Craziest Moments in World Cup History," 3 July 2018 The ironic silver lining, however, is that the abuse sparked his mutation, which allowed him the ability to heal from just about anything. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ryan Reynolds Refused to Let His Daughters on the Deadpool 2 Set for an Understandable Reason," 23 May 2018 The silver lining: Capital losses can be used to offset income and reduce taxes. Liz Weston, latimes.com, "Does a credit freeze hurt your credit scores?," 13 May 2018

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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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silver lining

noun

English Language Learners Definition of silver lining

: something good that can be found in a bad situation

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