saving grace

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - saving grace

"saving grace"

a good quality or feature in a person or thing that prevents them or it from being completely bad or worthless


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - saving grace

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How's the new intern working out?

Colleague 2:  He is sloppy, lazy and often late to work. His hygiene is not the greatest and he eats with his mouth open.

Colleague 1:  Is there nothing you can recommend about him?

Colleague 2:  I suppose his one saving grace is that he is a genius with the work. There hasn't been a single problem that he hasn't been able to solve quickly and completely.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - saving grace

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  This new video game I bought was way too expensive. The graphics are sub-standard and the sound quality is quite poor.

Friend 2:  So why are you still playing it?

Friend 1:  The intelligent game play is its saving grace. The game play is really quite unique.

saving grace - Usage:


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saving grace - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for saving grace.

saving grace - Examples:

1)  ... last two years have been some of the darkest periods of my life. My saving grace is the non-profit foundation our family has begun in my son's name.

2)  I belong to a fabulous mommy group ( and they have been my saving grace. I get up and get out of the house, they are there ...

3)  That Pollyanna attitude has been my saving grace when times are tough. 

4)  The fact that you "listened well" in school was indeed your saving grace.

5)  They were rapacious conquerors whose only saving grace in my opinion was that they kicked Aztec/Inca butt who were even worse.

6)  ... to incorporate stories and literature into your family's life. Audio books are my saving grace (I listen to way more books than I read these days), ...

7)  ... of the computer mind, it is analogous to the human mind. But the saving grace, the difference, is emotion. That's the line you can draw ...

8)  ... a significant platform for consumer activity, social media has been lauded as either the saving grace or the Achilles heel of many organizations.

9)  ... find our bearings, which took 25km of below average bumpy roads. The one saving grace of being on this minor country road is the sheer beauty of it.

10)  It's horribly sloppy methodology whose only saving grace is that there isn't enough of anything in it to do harm.

11)  ... the poor guy must be feeling completely gutted by now. The only saving grace is that I have never seen him named.

12)  ... follows the intertwining stories of a cast of characters for whom friendship is a saving grace. We meet a next-door neighbor facing the death of a spouse, watch ...

13)  Let's hope that the only saving grace of the hate on the right is that it continues to galvanize the left.

14)  Lincoln was still a pretty decent president, FDR not so much. His only saving grace was winning the war. Domestically, the man was a terrible president.

15)  For a bookworm like me, the only saving grace was the surprisingly large number of bookstores scattered around town.

16)  ... help the user scroll and skip to sections that are relevant, possibly the only saving grace of a long page.

17)  ... remotely check my settings for over an hour... Still no luck. The only saving grace is I can now at least use web mail. 

18)  ... were left undescribed, as if even those exposed to it had to find some saving grace, something to live for, even if it was only weak turnip broth.

19)  That you regret what you did is your saving grace. Admitting we are wrong is never easy but it is always liberating.

20)  very bland and unappetizing. We will never be eating here again. The only saving grace was the service. Our waiter was perfect, ...