Someone said a word, or saying, to me that I didn't know the meaning, so I looked it up.

I cannot remember what it was, but the meaning was:

"Something good comes from something that was bad"

For example, I crashed my car into a beautiful woman's car and we then dated.

Please can someone tell me the word I'm looking for. I think it is two words, each with two syllable's.

Thanks for any help anyone can give.

  • 1
    'a blessing in disguise' ?
    – Tom22
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 21:56
  • Not what I'm looking for but thanks Tom22. Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 21:58
  • I've seen "Beauty after Tragedy", but don't think "Beautiful Tragedy" works quite the same way.
    – Hank
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 22:15
  • . Lucky bastard? Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 22:20
  • Every cloud has a silver lining?
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 23:48

2 Answers 2


Silver lining describes a choice, hidden treasure that looms inside a cloud of bad weather.

something good that can be found in a bad situation (MW)

Usually, the cloud outweighs the silver, but, hey, be thankful for small favors. Dating your victim would be a silver lining to the cloud of the crash.

Also, a diamond in the rough means the item is already a jewel, but needs some crafting to sparkle.

  • Hi Yosef. :) I edited your answer to include a source (this is the expectation here, so that the reader can confirm if desired). I believe this answer is correct, but will lose votes without the back-up. Feel free to roll back if this is not to your liking. Commented Jan 27, 2017 at 0:10

Maybe you're referring to—

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Granted, it's not two words with two syllables each, but maybe something good will come out of it even if it's a bad suggestion.

From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Proverb—You can derive some benefit from every bad thing that happens to you; there is something good even in an unpleasant situation.

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