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 Yet that is a silver lining in a grey-haired cloud. The Economist, "China’s median age will soon overtake America’s," 2 Nov. 2019 This appears to be a silver lining in times of an economic slowdown, where everything from biscuits and underwear to automobiles is seeing a decline in consumption. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India’s hotels may be finally recovering from demonetisation blow," 30 Sep. 2019 However, there may be a silver lining for the Cowboys’ seventh-round pick (No. 241) of the 2019 NFL draft., "Former Oregon Ducks’ star Jalen Jelks could be destined for the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad: Reports," 28 Aug. 2019 There is a silver lining though: low prices — paired with low mortgage rates — make purchasing a home affordable, if potential buyers can make a deposit and find the right house. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Spring home buying market started out with a bang, then stalled in Greater Hartford in 2019," 17 Aug. 2019 That would be the silver lining in all of this, for people to use the power within them. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "“There’s Blood on Your Little Hands”: Trump’s Visit to El Paso Energizes His Opponents," 8 Aug. 2019 There is a silver lining for commuters this summer, compared with 2017. Adam Vaccaro,, "Lane reductions on the Mass. Pike end.," 23 Apr. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of silver lining was in 1871

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21 Nov 2019

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“Silver lining.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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