silver lining

noun
a sign of hope in an unfortunate or gloomy situation; a bright prospect: Every cloud has a silver lining.

Origin:
1870–75

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silver lining
 
n
a comforting or hopeful aspect of an otherwise desperate or unhappy situation (esp in the phrase every cloud has a silver lining)

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silver lining

An element of hope or a redeeming quality in an otherwise bad situation, as in The rally had a disappointing turnout, but the silver lining was that those who came pledged a great deal of money. This metaphoric term is a shortening of Every cloud has a silver lining, in turn derived from John Milton's Comus (1634): "A sable cloud turns forth its silver lining on the night."

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Example sentences
The holder has a zip-up side, zipper pocket, a pocket made with netting and an
  insulated silver lining.
There is a silver lining to this barbaric cloud hanging over the admission
  process.
But it turns out that the radioactive cloud may have a silver lining.
The silver lining is that almost all of this is totally skippable.
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