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Idiom

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
You can find something positive in any bad situation.
Origin
Every cloud has a silver liningRain clouds are often dark in colour or ‘gloomy’. However, if you watch the clouds for a while, you can sometimes see the sun shining behind them. This can make the edge, or ‘lining’, of the cloud appear a silver colour, much brighter and lighter than the rest of the cloud. As dark clouds can have a ‘silver lining’, equally, when life seems bad, there is always a more positive way of looking at the situation. This idiom has been used for at least 150 years, as it was printed in The Atlas newspaper in 1840 “there is never a cloud without a silver lining.”
Examples
“Even though I didn’t win the race yesterday, every cloud has a silver lining – I feel really fit and healthy from all the training I’ve been doing recently.”

“The heavy snow stopped us from getting our flight home. However, every cloud has a silver lining – the travel company paid for us to stay in a luxury hotel near the airport.”

“Don’t worry about breaking your leg – you’ll be able to relax all day on the sofa watching your favourite TV shows, so every cloud has a silver lining!”
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