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thank God for small favors

To appreciate and be thankful for any benefits, advantages, or opportunities one are afforded, no matter how minor or inconsequential. Used 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 worked, though—thank God for small favors. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye, but he still has the use of his left one, so we're thanking God for small favors.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Thank God for small favors.

Rur. Be thankful that something good has happened in a bad situation. Charlie: We're out of gas, but I think I see a gas station up ahead. Tom: Thank God for small favors. He had a heart attack, but it was right there in the doctor's office, so they could take care of him right away. Thank God for small favors.
See also: favor, for, god, small, thank
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

thank God for small favors

Be grateful for a minor advantage or gain. Generally this catchphrase is invoked without any religious significance, but rather as an expression of relief that something has gone well, or at least better than expected. An alternate version is give thanks for small blessings.
See also: favor, for, god, small, thank
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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