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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.
See also: grace, saving

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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References in classic literature ?
And I swear that my physical and mental torments, here in my bed, would have been incomparably greater than anything I had endured on the sea, but for the saving grace of one sweet thought.
'But it has at least the saving grace of antiquity to excuse it.
"On metal prices, despite the lower mine output of most commodities, the improved levels of world metal prices during the last nine months was the saving grace for the overall positive showing of the metallic mining in the country.
The Saving Grace project started in 2004 with cooked food collected from hotels, palaces and houses and distributed to poor people, orphans and labourers for the entire year.
Grace Poe as the top potential candidate may be the saving grace of Vice President Jejomar Binay, the new spokesman of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) said on Saturday.
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.
explains, how the saving grace of the Christ-event reaches and sanctifies those people who have never heard of Christ; trying to answer that question requires considerable theological gymnastics.
According to him, The Saving Grace distributed 175,592 meals last Ramadan.
In a further commitment to reducing food wastage, EAD has partnered with the Saving Grace Project and Quattro Group to donate approximately 250 meals daily to the poor and needy.
I suppose that's the saving grace of appearing with scene-stealing kids - they age a lot faster.
He added: "The saving grace is a lot of these guys are playing Fitzgibbon Cup against the best in the country so that in some ways might be better preparation than playing Division Two hurling.
The saving grace is shrewd analyst Mike Carlson, who has by my reckoning now provided his words of gridiron wisdom for the full set of BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five.
The saving grace was that our Cockney commentator was very funny.
For some, the saving grace will be the presence of the dumbly handsome Brad Pitt, though for me it would have saved the movie only if Mrs Pitt could have been squeezed in.
"feeling the saving grace of my club was finding players who would be chomping at the bit and honoured to play in the first team.