port in a/the storm

port in a/the storm

A person, group, or place where one can find comfort, refuge, or help during particularly difficult or trying times. The related phrase "any port in a storm" implies choosing any solution in times of trouble, even if it is unappealing. I've always felt like my local bar has been a port in a storm whenever things have been tough in my life. The country was a true port for citizens of the neighboring country fleeing the civil war.
See also: port, storm

a port in a storm

You can call a person, place, or organization where you can get help in a difficult situation a port in a storm. She regarded him more as a port in a storm than a partner to her. Real estate is often a port in a storm for investors. Note: You say any port in a storm when you are in a position where you have to accept help from anyone who will give it to you, even if it is from someone who you do not like or approve of. `She was a monster,' he says, `but sometimes it's a case of any port in a storm, you know what I mean?'
See also: port, storm
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