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 And a silver lining in Dorian’s dark clouds: There is currently no risk tornadoes in the region due to the storm. Jaclyn Reiss,, "Maps: How Dorian could impact Massachusetts this weekend," 5 Sep. 2019 While that’s not exactly great news, there’s a silver lining: The pace of infections appears to be slowing. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "The DEA Will Finally Help Expand Marijuana Research: Brainstorm Health," 26 Aug. 2019 The silver lining: There’ll be plenty when HD returns in October. Eric Velasco, al, "Follow the journey of local food from seed to plate," 13 Aug. 2019 Analysts have said the grounding of the MAX has limited capacity growth and bolstered pricing for the entire industry—a silver lining for airlines, if not for passengers. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Delta Gains From MAX Grounding and High Demand," 11 July 2019 Postulating that there is no such thing as happiness may appear to be a purely negative message, but the silver lining, the consolation, is the knowledge that dissatisfaction is not a personal failure. Rafael Euba, Quartzy, "Why striving for happiness makes people miserable," 23 July 2019 The silver lining, despite the off-kilter performance, was that Bassitt was able to integrate his changeup readily again to generate some weak contact. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Takeaways: Liam Hendriks records five-out save, and offense lifts A’s over Twins," 19 July 2019 As death and destruction arrive unannounced in Somalia, Hodan understood the importance of highlighting the good stories, the silver lining, the successes of Somalis both at home and in the diaspora. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "A journalist returned to Somalia to tell positive stories—then terrorists killed her," 15 July 2019 The silver lining, though, is that the ruling is limited to the unique circumstances of this particular monument, and is hardly a free pass. The Christian Science Monitor, "The high court’s burden in keeping religious harmony," 20 June 2019

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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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10 Oct 2019

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The first known use of silver lining was in 1871

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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