Definition of be thankful (or grateful) for small mercies in English:

be thankful (or grateful) for small mercies

phrase

  • Be relieved that an unpleasant situation is alleviated by minor advantages.

    ‘none of the men gave her a second glance, and she wondered wryly whether to be thankful for small mercies’
    • ‘I suppose you should be grateful for small mercies - at least it's not Randy.’
    • ‘Okay, maybe all of this isn't really very much, but let's be thankful for small mercies shall we.’
    • ‘I was thankful for small mercies, though; there had been talk of me being dressed as a sumo wrestler.’
    • ‘But be grateful for small mercies: at least they come in the right year.’
    • ‘Should be grateful for small mercies, I suppose.’
    • ‘The Minister is obviously learning from the tactics of the EU Commission and asking us to be thankful for small mercies in scaling down the level of increases to a level which is still punitive.’
    • ‘A more fully balanced portrait of the production details would have been welcome, but we should be thankful for small mercies - Columbia provides nothing else, not even the trailer.’
    • ‘In any area of taxation policy, one must be grateful for small mercies as the Treasury and Inland Revenue are vigilant about protecting their fiscal base.’
    • ‘Patients should be grateful for small mercies.’
    • ‘The coach is thankful for small mercies these days.’
    • ‘It keeps us going a bit longer, and we must be grateful for small mercies.’
    • ‘This year it was not a matter of life and death there were no lives at stake so we must be grateful for small mercies.’
    • ‘That's still a long time but I suppose we should be grateful for small mercies.’
    • ‘Must be grateful for small mercies, or so they say…’
    • ‘That would not be as good as live Friday night coverage, but we might have to be thankful for small mercies.’
    • ‘Around it there is the lingering legacy of a relatively poor society in which it made sense to be grateful for small mercies.’
    • ‘But, I expect, we have to be grateful for small mercies, however.’
    • ‘I suppose we should really be thankful for small mercies.’
    • ‘Gratifyingly, the BBC report makes no mention whatsoever of ‘blogging’, so we can be thankful for small mercies.’
    • ‘But he, and Scotland, have to be grateful for small mercies.’