salvage (something) from (something or some place)

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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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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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But their chances of salvaging something from the game were effectively ended when Jack Tovey was sin-binned 14 minutes from time.
AN UNBEATEN stand of 257 between Phil Jaques and Kane Williamson gave Yorkshire a fighting chance of salvaging something from their top-of-the-table County Championship Division One clash with Durham at Scarborough.
But the visitors' hopes of salvaging something from the game were shattered on the hour mark when midfielder Lee Bell was sent off after recklessly collecting two yellow cards in as many minutes.
The news will come as a major blow to the Cottagers' hopes of salvaging something from their season after Bobby Zamora was ruled out for up to two months with a shoulder problem.
But any hopes of the Warwickshire outfit salvaging something from the trip to Hampshire ended when Kezie Ibe restored the two-goal lead.
Steele made a handful of fine saves during the game but had little chance with the late penalty which briefly gave the Scots hope of salvaging something from the game..
After securing their Premiership status with last Saturday's win over Saracens, Ruddock's men can focus all their attentions on salvaging something from what has been a disappointing campaign.
But, it was visiting goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer who had kept Gloucester in the game up to half-time and when Alex Sykes converted a 58th penalty following a trip by Ashley Evans on Tom Webb, their hopes of salvaging something from the game were raised.
The Bulgars threatened to equalise but Andres Iniesta's strike after 65 minutes ended their hopes of salvaging something from the match.
He was left stunned by Wigan's resilience as his side twice conjured up a two-goal cushion at 2-0 and 3-1, only for Jewell's boys to give themselves a fighting chance of salvaging something from the game.
With the forecast set fair for the final day's play, the tourists' hopes of salvaging something from the contest lie with their own captain Brian Lara.
But any hopes they had of salvaging something from the game disappeared after 56 minutes when Rose cracked in a 30-yard free-kick off the underside of the bar.
The destructive second-wicket partnership gave Yorkshire a fighting chance of salvaging something from their top-of-the-table LV=County Championship Division One clash.
The Bulgarians threatened to equalise but Andres Iniesta's strike on 65 minutes ended their hopes of salvaging something from the match.
If the council and its remaining backers are serious about salvaging something from this sorry fiasco, they must act now to deliver a workable tramway scheme within present budget limits.