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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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saving grace, a

A redeeming quality, especially one compensating for drawbacks or negative characteristics. For example, She may not be too knowledgeable, but her saving grace is that she doesn't pretend to be . This term, dating from the late 1500s, at first referred to the concept of being saved from eternal damnation, and was used more loosely only from the late 1800s on.
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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.
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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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saving grace, a

A single redeeming quality, usually cited as compensating for other, negative characteristics. The term, which alludes to the theological concept of salvation from eternal damnation, was used literally from the late sixteenth century on. It began to be transferred to matters of somewhat lighter import in the late nineteenth century. J. B. Priestley so used it (Self-Selected Essays, 1932): “Here, in its plain lack of ideas, is the saving grace of this dull company.”
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So it was unlikely I would become a fan of the TNT series with the obvious title "Saving Grace," which debuted in 2007, featuring Holly Hunter as a hard-living cop haunted by a last-chance guardian angel.
Close ties to old friends are her only saving grace aside from the poetry she learns to craft in her many moments of solitude.
This quirk may be his saving grace. Unlike Henry Wallace, who was driven nearly mad with frustration and rage at the organized attack by the Democrats after he ran as a Progressive candidate for President against Truman in 1948, Nader seems unbendable and unbothered by what he no doubt would label "self-indulgent" brooding.
Here's my contribution to an election in which the humor that's been generated may be the only saving grace (remember "Hail to the Thief"?): What do Cleopatra and Log Cabin Republicans have in common?
While it is subtle in its agenda of revealing the extent of the use of marijuana, even in a small Cornish village, Saving Grace is smart in its dealing with issues of loss and change.
Running throughout the volume is Laguardia's contention, explained in chapter 1, that the "nouvelle" is not a realistic genre, despite the claims of most nineteenth and twentieth-century critics, who saw realism as the saving grace of the nouvelle, otherwise found to be crude, vulgar and not really worthy of serious study.
We, as a nation, now stand at the head of the world financially, politically, and in saving grace, yet there is the danger that history may repeat itself.
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'Saving Grace' intensifies campaign for collecting school materials to help the less-fortunate kids.
Jaiden Michael plays a bellowing gay sperm donor, the epitome of every comic queen, while Liam Dawson, putting in an appearance on behalf of straights (with just a touch of bisexual intent) delivers his lines in a matt-black monotone, befitting a hypnotist, as if reading off a cue-card Moving swiftly on, we come to the saving grace of the production, Lynne Fitzgerald, as Bella, who runs her own dating agency but is unable to make any meaningful carnal connection of her own.
Rosberg's saving grace is that double points are on offer at the Yas Marina Circuit.
The winger made his long awaited return from injury in the 4-1 defeat to Inverness but was the one saving grace as the Dark Blues slumped to their fifth straight home league loss last Friday.
The only saving grace about the stop is that it was paid for from monies provided to the council from the developers of the Monico flats.
* SAVING GRACE: THE FINAL SEASON (foxconnect.com): A jaded Oklahoma City police detective has to redeem her life.
The saving grace was that our Cockney commentator was very funny.