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    The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    Does the word lining in the saying every cloud has a silver lining have the same meaning as the lining in, for example, coat/jacket lining? If not, what is it referring to? Thank you.

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    Re: The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi L View Post
    every cloud has a silver lining
    Here, the meaning is metaphorical, not literal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi L View Post
    coat/jacket lining
    Here, it's literal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi L View Post
    If not, what is it referring to?
    It means every cloud (difficult situation) has a silver (bright/positive) lining (a hidden aspect).

    That expression is used to cheer someone up and/or encourage them to think positively in difficult situations.

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    Re: The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Here, the meaning is metaphorical, not literal.
    Some interpretations in Chinese on the internet say that the lining is literally referring to the silver/bright line around a cloud. Do you think it's fine?

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    Re: The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi L View Post
    Some interpretations in Chinese on the internet say that the lining is literally referring to the silver/bright line around a cloud. Do you think it's fine OK?
    I don't agree with those interpretations. We don't refer to some kind of bright line around a cloud as a "lining".

    Note my change above. We use "fine" in positive statements but not in the interrogative (and rarely in the negative).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't agree with those interpretations. We don't refer to some kind of bright line around a cloud as a "lining".
    https://images.app.goo.gl/oekW1WtFopFqkwz27

    The above is a link to a picture of a silver lining. I see a 'bright line/border' around the cloud, but you don't think the word lining here has anything to do with the word line. Can I say that?
    Last edited by Heidi L; 23-Aug-2019 at 17:40. Reason: typo

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    Re: The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    It's not a link to a picture of a silver lining. It's a link to a picture of a cloud with a silver line around around it, to which someone has chosen to attach the caption "Does every cloud have a silver lining?" That's not the same as an actual definition.

    However, it appears that those interpretations might have some basis in truth. See HERE.
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    Re: The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi L View Post
    Some interpretations in Chinese on the internet say that the lining is literally referring to the silver/bright line around a cloud. Do you think it's fine?
    Yes, that's exactly what it means to me.

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    Re: The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    It's always been strictly metaphorical to me. That clouds may be illuminated to display a bright outer rim is a happy coincidence.
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    Re: The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    It's a reflection of sunlight.
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    Re: The lining in 'every cloud has a silver lining'

    Until I saw this thread, I had never thought about it. I had always assumed it was inside the cloud. The quote from Milton suggests it is not the case.

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