silver lining


silver lining

The expression is the shorter version of the famous saying, “every cloud has a silver lining.”

Meaning | Synonyms

  • sadness or unpleasant things can have a positive side effect
  • each negative situation can be positive eventually
  • there may be an advantage to a hopeless event
  • your good fortune might not be apparent at the moment
  • the situation may seem bad now but can turn for the better

Example Sentences

  1. If it’s the tough time in your life, it comes with many silver linings.
  2. Always be optimistic and look for the silver-lining.
  3. He had to have major surgery last year, but he met the love of his life while he was in hospital. She’s a nurse. Every cloud has a silver lining.
  4. I thought I had no money for lunch, but then I found £5.00 in the bottom of my bag. Every cloud has a silver lining.
  5. They say every cloud has a silver lining. If I’d caught the first train, I would have been held up for 3 hours. Thank goodness I waited for the second one.


It was first penned in 1634 by John Milton when he wrote:

“Was I deceived or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night.”

It probably is traced back to this saying. We use the expression to say that no matter how bad something appears at the moment, something better will be around the corner.

See also: every cloud has a silver lining.

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