silver liningsilver lining
some basis for hope or some comforting aspect in the midst of despair, misfortune, etc.
Origin of silver liningfrom the proverb, “Every cloud has a silver lining”; alluded to by John Milton in Comus (1634) and by W. S. Gilbert in The Mikado (1885)
A hopeful or comforting prospect in the midst of difficulty.
Origin of silver liningFrom the proverb “Every cloud has a silver lining”
(plural silver linings)
- (figuratively) A good aspect of a mostly bad event.
- every cloud has a silver lining
- every silver lining has a cloud
Originating in the John Milton's poem “Comus"; see 1634 quotation. The proverb every cloud has a silver lining is an allusion to the relevant passage.