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    Default What does "Silver Lining" as a phrase mean?

    I came across this phrase that i wanted to know if any of you know more about it and the where you use it.

    What I found out so far is:
    The term silver lining is used when you want to emphasize the hopeful side of a situation that might seem gloomy on the surface.

    The common expression "every cloud has a silver lining" means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspect.
    You are most likely to remind a sad or discouraged friend that there is a silver lining as a way of cheering him up.

    The origin of the phrase seems to be John Milton's 1634 poem "Comus," which includes the line, "Was I deceived? or did a sable cloud/Turn forth her silver lining on the night?"




    Noun: a consoling aspect of a difficult situation.
    So it's like looking at the bright side of things, like the song from Monty Python in The Life of Brian.

    A translation in spanish also doesnt clear ir up for this native spanish/castellian speaker.
    https://www.linguee.es/ingles-espano...er+lining.html
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    Default Re: What does "Silver Lining" as a phrase mean?

    Hi!

    What you say is right. It is used to say that even when you are facing problems, you can still see a brighter side or maybe the hope of something good coming out of it.



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    Default Re: What does "Silver Lining" as a phrase mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by solg View Post
    Hi!

    What you say is right. It is used to say that even when you are facing problems, you can still see a brighter side or maybe the hope of something good coming out of it.



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    Something like "behind the clouds the sun is still shining"? (^_<)〜☆

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    Default Re: What does "Silver Lining" as a phrase mean?

    You are both right about it's meaning.

    The phrase is almost always used as "every cloud has a silver lining"; however, it could be use alone, as in : "There must be a silver lining in this somewhere."; or "This is a bad situation but look for the silver lining"; or "I can't find a silver lining in this mess".

    It is similar to "It's an ill wind that blows no good".


    BTW solg, I like the foto. Great example of a a dark cloud that has a silver lining.
    Last edited by vicente; 11-14-2017 at 05:07 PM.
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    Default Re: What does "Silver Lining" as a phrase mean?

    There-s a movie dedicated to the subject :P

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    Default Re: What does "Silver Lining" as a phrase mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by francot View Post
    There-s a movie dedicated to the subject :P
    "Silver Linings Playbook" - The movie follows people with mental disorders like Obsession and Bipolar Disorder and how because of those they get to do something positive with it.

    I've seen the movie, regardless, couldn't fully understand the meaning of the saying "silver lining"
    Now with the dark cloud and the sun creating a silver frame I Fully understand. THANK YOU ALL!
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