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.

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And if a few extra days of rest now mean that Chapman will be hearty and hale in October, that silver lining may look more like a brass ring. New York Times, "Yankees, With No Lead to Protect Against the Indians, Get to Rest Aroldis Chapman," 13 July 2018 Nevertheless, for Hertha Berlin left back Marvin Plattenhardt, the cloud may have a silver lining., "Leicester and Huddersfield Among 6 Premier League Clubs Eyeing Move for German World Cup Star," 6 July 2018 The setback had a silver lining: Beast + Bounty can immediately begin serving pizzas out of Device Brewing Co.'s taproom that opened June 9 across R Street. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Ice cream, doughnuts, sausages and vegan cheese? This new Sacramento project has it all," 19 June 2018 Some Trump supporters still see a silver lining and interpreted the latest developments as a sign that Mueller was getting towards the end of several branches of the investigation, that has been a constant cloud over the Trump presidency. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Mueller assurance on Trump means less than it looks," 4 Apr. 2018 Those looking for a silver lining from Wednesday can look at the bullpen. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Surprise Five: Tennis balls are yellow, and Darvish is in Cubs blue," 21 Mar. 2018 The only silver linings here are that my itty-bitty baby is healthy and Princess Kate has suffered from the same condition during her pregnancies. Dave Quinn,, "Ayesha Curry Shares Photo of 'Intimate Moment' with Her Newborn Son: 'Pure Bliss'," 6 July 2018 Yes, many of these findings are disheartening, but there is a silver lining: There are strategies and solutions that can and do empower black women living with HIV/AIDS. Kellee Terrell, The Root, "How Isolation, Stigma and Shame Are Killing Black Women Living With HIV," 13 Mar. 2018 There is a silver lining, though: This study only measured the effect of chewing gum before meals. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Chewing Gum Might Make You Reach for the Chips," 20 Mar. 2013

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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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English Language Learners Definition of silver lining

: something good that can be found in a bad situation

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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