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Why do we say 'Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining'?

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"Don't be unhappy that your boyfriend broke up with you - every cloud has a silver lining".  What does this idiom mean?


Every cloud has a silver lining means that you should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better days. Difficult times are like dark clouds that pass overhead and block the sun.


When we look more closely at the edges of every cloud we can see the sun shining there like a silver lining.


'I found a new job after losing my last one and I like this one more. You see, every cloud does have a silver lining.'

Every cloud has a silver lining - Give us an example of a time when something good came from something bad for you.  Add your comments below!