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salvage (something) from (something or some place)

1. To recover, rescue, or save something from some danger, destruction, or difficulty or the outcome thereof. We managed to salvage the engine and rear wheels from the accident, but the rest of the car had to be sent to the junkyard. If we can salvage the flight recorder from the wreckage, we should be able to determine the cause of the accident. Some people are able to salvage their marriage from an affair, but it can be exceptionally difficult.
2. To manage to gain or maintain something from some failure or bad situation. It was a really painful breakup, but in time I was able to salvage some useful perspectives about myself from the relationship. I'll be lucky to even salvage my dignity from that disastrous meeting.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

salvage something from someone or something

to rescue or save something from someone or something. The baby got into the eggs, but I was able to salvage about six of them from him before they were broken all over the place. I salvaged a good pair of shoes from the trash.
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Underwater salvaging of old-growth species no longer available or in very limited supply is an exciting proposition that has the world wood market in a tizzy and a host of would-be salvagers jumping on the bandwagon, or, in this case, the barge.
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Our recycling efforts at home quickly multiplied and carried over into the shop." Besides recycling cardboard, glass, aluminum, tin and more, Graubard purchases reconditioned baskets, clay pots, and glass and plastic containers from a local floral goods salvager. The shop's organic wastes are composted and the humus given gratis to Graubard's gardening neighbors.
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Beach is a salvager who hauls stuff out of industrial Dumpsters in the hopes of refurbishing items for resale, but the clutter always overwhelms his ambitions.
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