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 One potential silver lining, according to Moody’s, is the decentralized nature of the U.S. election system, alongside existing cybersecurity policies and general knowledge of the looming cyberthreats. Michelle Castillo, CNBC, 10 July 2024 All of that gloom and doom aside, there is the merest silver lining for beleaguered Democrats, regardless of whether Biden stays dug in and remains atop their ticket. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2024 One small silver lining for Houstonians amid the destruction and outages: The storm has cooled off temperatures, leaving the metropolis with minimal heat risk throughout the week. Saul Elbein, The Hill, 8 July 2024 But one potential silver lining to the pre-July 4 debate is that there is time for Biden to recover. Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News, 29 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for silver lining 

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Word History


from the phrase "every cloud has a silver lining"

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silver lining was in 1871

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“Silver lining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

silver lining

: a consoling or hopeful prospect
looked for the silver lining in a bad situation
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