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a sign of hope in an unfortunate or gloomy situation; a bright prospect:
Every cloud has a silver lining.
silver lining
a comforting or hopeful aspect of an otherwise desperate or unhappy situation (esp in the phrase every cloud has a silver lining)
silver lining
An element of hope or a redeeming quality in an otherwise bad situation, as in The rally had a disappointing turnout, but the silver lining was that those who came pledged a great deal of money. This metaphoric term is a shortening of Every cloud has a silver lining, in turn derived from John Milton’s Comus (1634): “A sable cloud turns forth its silver lining on the night.”


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