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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The only silver lining: Twitter was ready and waiting with Colton-jumping-the-fence memes. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Colton Underwood Jumping the Fence Memes to Make You Laugh Through Your Tears," 5 Mar. 2019 Looking for a silver lining can be great in many situations. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Be There for Someone Who Survived a Horrible Trauma," 1 Apr. 2019 Corey Davis: The one silver lining for the Titans on Saturday night. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "Keenum to Diggs for a Miracle in Minnesota, Everything Coming Up Jaguars, Eagles Had the Plan for Foles," 14 Jan. 2018 Carroll was asked later if that was at least a silver lining – Seattle still controls its path to the playoffs. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks set new single-game franchise record for penalty yards in stunning overtime loss to 49ers," 16 Dec. 2018 If Trump is frustrated by not getting more credit for the economy, here is a silver lining: Those who view the economy mostly negatively are much more likely to blame Obama. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "On the success Trump cares about most, more people still give Obama the credit," 21 Jan. 2018 On a night otherwise filled with despair, there was one small glimmer of a silver lining for Barcelona, as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta became the first two players to play 100 Champions League games together. SI.com, "Lionel Messi & Andres Iniesta Make UEFA Champions League History Despite Harrowing Loss to Roma," 11 Apr. 2018 The one silver lining here is that Trump does not text or use email, reducing the number of potential attack points for foreign agencies and hackers. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Trump reportedly still uses an unsecured iPhone, and China and Russia are listening in," 24 Oct. 2018 But as was the case with golf’s last incredibly talented-yet-polarizing rogue, there could be a silver lining here. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "SA native Reed is the same golf nerd he always was," 10 Apr. 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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