silver lining

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 cloud
Turn forth her silver lining on the night?
I did not err, there does a sable cloud,
Turn out her silver lining on the night
And 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

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  • silver lining — sil′ver lin′ing n. a prospect of hope or comfort in a gloomy situation • Etymology: 1870–75; from the proverb “Every cloud has a silver lining” …   From formal English to slang

  • 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

  • silver lining — noun An unexpected good outcome; especially following some bad event. Syn: bright side …   Wiktionary

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