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I'm just wondering if there is any idioms that has the meaning opposite to "what's the catch", to describe a situation that has at a least one advantage/benefit etc despite all kinds of difficulties.

Can anyone help with this? Thank you!!

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    You might consider "no strings attached" to refer to something that does not have a catch, though I'm not certain that's what you're looking for when you say "opposite to 'what's the catch.'" – SeldomNeedy Jan 14 '18 at 19:27
  • That's probably the best answer, @SeldomNeedy - guessing at what the OP actually wants. – Fattie Jan 14 '18 at 22:46
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The common metaphor is every cloud [dark, ominous, unpleasant thing] has a silver lining [redeeming feature; element of good, and hope].

From Collins:

Silver Lining

noun

A comforting or hopeful aspect of an otherwise desperate or unhappy situation (esp in the phrase every cloud has a silver lining)

Similar but with more emphasis on "hope" and less on a current, concrete benefit of the thing-as-it-is (also from Collins):

Light at the end of the tunnel

hope for the ending of a difficult or unpleasant situation

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    And the ever-popular remind me why we're doing this again. – Phil Sweet Jan 14 '18 at 16:23
  • Be sure to watch the amazing Pixar short, with the Brad Paisley song Every cloud has a silver lining. – Fattie Jan 14 '18 at 22:46
  • @Fattie which one ? This is with clouds, but can't really see the silver lining – Ciprian Tomoiagă Jan 15 '18 at 1:04
  • hey @CiprianTomoiaga ! google Brad Paisley, Pixar – Fattie Jan 15 '18 at 1:24
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"Silver lining" is good. There are a number of other stock phrases that might be applicable.

"[Description of the problem]. On the bright side, [description of the advantage/benefit]." Also "on a positive note", "on the up side", etc.

A more recent common form is the meme "So I got that goin' for me, which is nice", originally from the movie Caddyshack.

  • The phrase "on the bright side" is spot-on! It seems a better analog for "the catch" than the "silver lining" I suggested. I prefer it. Also I love that meme! If I could give you more than one vote, I would. – Dan Bron Jan 14 '18 at 16:46
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I suggest "what's the pay-off?" from Oxford Dictionaries section 1.2 to describe the converse situation, where there is a reward from a difficult or apparently hopeless situation. Some of the examples are:

Which is a shame, because the final pay-off is worthwhile, and despite all the frustrations I did enjoy it.

But the biggest pay-off of her improved chemistry grade was her mother getting off her back.

And so on.

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