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be thankful for small mercies

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip across America. The radio still works, though, so I guess I should be thankful for small mercies. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just thankful for small mercies that he still has the use of his left one.
See also: mercy, small, thankful

be grateful for small mercies

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip across America. The radio still works, though, so I guess I should be grateful for small mercies. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just grateful for small mercies that he still has the use of his left one.
See also: grateful, mercy, small

*thankful for small blessings

grateful for any small benefits or advantages one has, especially in a generally difficult situation. (Typically: be ~; become ~.) We have very little money, but we must be thankful for small blessings. At least we have enough food. Bob was badly injured in the accident, but at least he's still alive. Let's be thankful for small blessings.
See also: blessing, small, thankful

be grateful for small mercies

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be thankful for small mercies

COMMON If you are grateful for small mercies or are thankful for small mercies in a generally bad situation, you are glad about any aspects of it that are good. He is still receiving some money — the modest sum earmarked for young athletes — and is grateful for small mercies. In these difficult times, one can only be thankful for small mercies — that borrowing costs are relatively low. Note: People sometimes say thank heavens for small mercies or thank God for small mercies to show that they are glad about any good aspects of a generally bad situation. She is now serving a 12-month prison sentence and the baby is with her parents. Thank heavens for small mercies.
See also: grateful, mercy, small

be thankful (or grateful) for small mercies

be relieved that an unpleasant situation is alleviated by minor advantages.
See also: mercy, small, thankful

be grateful/thankful for small ˈmercies

be happy that a bad situation is not even worse: The thieves took the TV and stereo but didn’t take any jewellery, so let’s be thankful for small mercies.
References in classic literature ?
I feel thankful that I have been ill, Joe," I said.
I'd be more thankful than I am aready if it wos any ways possible for an unfortnet to be it.
He was thankful to have someone to talk to who would interest himself in the things that interested him.
There is people who take money for their hospitality, I've heerd, but I'm thankful to say I don't associate with that class.
Well, I'm thankful we're out of THAT," said Felicity, drawing a long breath.
I was real thankful to see you and the young Doctor in the Presbyterian church your first Sunday.
I was so thankful there were no Methodists there that day--they'd never have been done hooting over it.
Both to Captain Fitz Roy and to all the Officers of the Beagle [1] I shall ever feel most thankful for the undeviating kindness with which I was treated during our long voyage.
Indeed, I cannot be too thankful for such an asylum, while it is left me.
They empty their hearts, good times return unto them, they keep holiday and ruminate,--they become THANKFUL.
And, as a matter of fact, you ought to be very thankful that you have got--'
I am sincerely thankful to say that was the last I saw of Mrs.
Thankful, thankful," muttered the humbled woman; "ye mean thankful, Ishmael
Bumble has been heard to say, that in this reverse and degradation, he has not even spirits to be thankful for being separated from his wife.
Old Betty laughed, and said that she would take the letter and be thankful.