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saving grace

A redeeming quality of something or someone. The only saving grace about that house is the large eat-in kitchen. Aunt Gertrude's incessant talking can be annoying, but her kindness is her saving grace—I know that she would help us with anything, no questions asked.
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saving grace

Cliché the one thing that saves or redeems someone or something that would otherwise be a total disaster. Her saving grace is that she has a lot of money. The saving grace for the whole evening was the good music played by the band.
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a saving grace

COMMON A saving grace is a good quality or feature in someone or something that prevents them from being completely bad or worthless. He was bad-tempered and deeply opinionated but he had one saving grace: he assembled one of the greatest private art collections of this century. It's an excellent performance and one of the film's few saving graces.
See also: grace, saving

a ˌsaving ˈgrace

a quality which prevents somebody/something from being completely bad: She can be difficult at times. Her saving grace is her sense of humour.
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In addition to school bags, Saving Grace also accepts unused school uniforms.
Ironically, 44-year-old Tatum - the son of Hollywood tough guy actor Ryan O'Neal - has just finished making a telly movie called Saving Grace, in which she plays a crackpot who is released from an asylum.
Holly Hunter has starred in a summer TV show called Saving Grace, and what her show has in common with this YA novel is that in both, the protagonist named Grace is in desperate straits and is helped by an angel, or some such being.
The only saving grace is that Chambers has shown remorse.
The best part of their show was the thunderous intro, where the band jammed out some tasty instrumentals and the gig's only real saving grace was singer Ian Watkins, who prowled the stage like an effeminate Jarvis Cocker.
The saving grace in all this, of course, is God's saving grace.
An alabaster statue of The Kiss purchased on that trip has permanently resided in their bedroom, a poignant reminder of a saving grace.
A saving grace for him was extended vacations with his relatives, the Montessier family.
When they work, they work, and when they don't, there's clearly no saving grace.
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The saving grace of the content-deprived Free Radicals might well have been the quality of the dancers and the energy of their performances: Murphy certainly gives them a fair amount of Dionysiac stomping about to the supposedly pulse-raising percussive beat.
Turner Network Television (TNT), television's destination for drama and one of cable's top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the acclaimed detective drama The Closer, starring Emmy[R], Golden Globe([R])and Screen Actors Guild Awards([R]) nominee Kyra Sedgwick; Saving Grace, a daring new drama starring Oscar[R]-winner Holly Hunter; Heartland, a powerful medical drama with Treat Williams and Kari Matchett; and this summer's eagerly anticipated television event The Company, executive-produced by Ridley Scott and starring Chris O'Donnell, Michael Keaton and Alfred Molina.
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I don''t think there could be a clearer demonstration of the contempt our MPs have for public opinion, and the only saving grace is that the feeling is mutual.