- silver lining a "bright side" which proverbially accompanies even the darkest trouble; by 1843, apparently from oft-quoted lines from Milton's "Comus," where the silver lining is the light of the moon shining from behind the cloud.Was I deceived? or did a sable cloudTurn forth her silver lining on the night?I did not err, there does a sable cloud,Turn out her silver lining on the nightAnd casts a gleam over this tufted grove.To which Thomas Warton added the commentary: "When all succour Еїeems to be lost, Heaven unexpectedly presents the Еїilver lining oЕї a Еїable cloud to the virtuous."
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silver lining — 1) PHRASE If you say that every cloud has a silver lining, you mean that every sad or unpleasant situation has a positive side to it. As they say, every cloud has a silver lining. We have drawn lessons from the decisions taken. 2) N SING If you… … English dictionary
silver lining — A silver lining refers to the good or pleasant side effects of an unpleasant situation. Every cloud has a silver lining means that there is a positive or hopeful side to every unpleasant situation … English Idioms & idiomatic expressions
silver lining — noun Etymology: from the phrase “every cloud has a silver lining” Date: 1871 a consoling or hopeful prospect … New Collegiate Dictionary
silver lining — a sign of hope in an unfortunate or gloomy situation; a bright prospect: Every cloud has a silver lining. [1870 75] * * * … Universalium
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silver lining — /sɪlvə ˈlaɪnɪŋ/ (say silvuh luyning) noun Colloquial some pleasing or beneficial component of a generally adverse situation: *Then suddenly, within a year, came the silver lining. –frank hardy, 1950 … Australian English dictionary
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