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See entry for silver lining.


every cloud has a silver lining

  1. In every bad situation there is an element of good
    • 1881, National Academy of Code Administration (U.S.), Folio, page 417:
      Every cloud has a silver lining; but in the old-fashioned meeting-houses every cloud of hymnal melody generally had a nasal lining before the congregation []
    • 1887, Shakers, Religion, page 36:
      [] that "a little reserve and thou'lt fail surely," will prove to be true in our experience. Every cloud has a silver lining and so has every sorrow, []
    • 1918, George Jean Nathan, Performing Arts, page 222:
      But the most popular attitude toward what we may call "sad" plays is the peculiar one of believing that, since every cloud has a silver lining, []


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