Learn an American Idiom: Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

sunset-476465_1280The English language can be very fun, rich, and interesting due to our use of idioms. An idiom is a “figurative” expression. The meaning of an idiom and the way in which it is used is different from how the dictionary would define it. The best way to learn these is to read and listen to native speakers.

Here’s your idiom for today: every cloud has a silver lining.

You will often hear this expression when someone is trying to make the best of a difficult or unpleasant situation. For example, let’s say that I missed my bus in the morning. Because I was running later than usual, I ran into an old friend on the street who I hadn’t seen in years. So there ended up being a positive outcome (meeting my friend) to something that seemed negative (missing the bus). That sweet, unexpected outcome is the “silver lining.”So the next time you are having a difficult day, remember: every cloud has a silver lining!

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