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silver lining

Use the term silver lining when you want to emphasize the hopeful side of a situation that might seem gloomy on the surface.

The common expression "every cloud has a silver lining" means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspect. You are most likely to remind a sad or discouraged friend that there is a silver lining as a way of cheering him up. The origin of the phrase seems to be John Milton's 1634 poem "Comus," which includes the line, "Was I deceived? or did a sable cloud/Turn forth her silver lining on the night?"

Definitions of silver lining
  1. noun
    a consoling aspect of a difficult situation
    “every cloud has a silver lining
    synonyms: bright side
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    type of:
    consolation, solace, solacement
    the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment
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