from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty.
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- n. A good aspect of a mostly bad event.
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- n. a consoling aspect of a difficult situation
He can find a silver lining inside the ugliest sow’s ear.
So, if there is a silver lining to the high-oil-price cloud, it is that most energy-conserving or energy-substituting strategies—such as driving smaller and more fuel-efficient cars, driving less, using alternative transportation and mass transit, densifying neighborhoods, and building more energy-efficient houses—also improve the global environment.
The head of the lard department has died suddenly, and Pierrepont has suggested to the old man that there is a silver lining to that cloud of sorrow.