MEANING AND ORIGIN
Every cloud has a silver lining means that every bad situation has some good aspect to it. Difficult times are like dark clouds that pass overhead and block the sun. But when we look more closely at the edges of every cloud we can see the sun shining there like a silver lining. This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward. See The Phrase Finder for more on the origin of this expression.
1. Silver is a shiny grey-white colour like that of the metal silver.
2. A lining is a piece of material that covers the inside of something, especially a piece of clothing. • She bought a lovely jacket with a silk lining.
• "Now you've lost your job, you'll be able to spend more time with your children. Every cloud has a silver lining."
• "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."
• "I'm sorry you broke your leg, but now you’ll be able to relax all day on the sofa watching your favourite TV shows, so every cloud has a silver lining!"