Idiom: a ray of sunshine
— It is common to use the negative form of this idiom to express irony or humor - to describe someone who is negative or miserable.
— A "ray" is a narrow line of light that you can see from the sun or other light source (e.g., lamp, light bulb, flashlight).
As you can see in the image above, the literal meaning of a "ray of light" is something that shines or lights up an object. The idiom "a ray of sunshine" has the figurative meaning of making a situation or someone feel brighter, happier, more hopeful, etc.
— The inquiry from a potential client offered a ray of sunshine for my new business.
— Our little village was probably the most boring place on earth until the Smith family moved here. Their eldest daughter, a singer, is a ray of sunshine.
— My tax refund gave me a ray of sunshine for eliminating some of my credit card debt.
— The new receptionist is not exactly a ray of sunshine, is she?
— At first, her boyfriend was like a ray of sunshine but now the storm clouds seem to be rolling in.
— We always try to get athletes and celebrities to visit the hospital. They are a ray of sunshine for our sickest patients.
— Everyone is in love with the new student, Tabitha. Her smile is a ray of sunshine.
— Sarah: "Did you notice how Jared criticized every proposal this morning but didn't suggest alternatives?" Jonathan: "Yeah, he's always of ray of sunshine at staff meetings."
— Sally will be like a ray of sunshine in this sport. Everyone else is so focused on winning they only view the competition as their enemies.
— Well, isn't he a ray of sunshine on a stormy day?
— After three days buried in the earthquake rubble, the sound of search and rescue workers came like a ray of sunshine.
— The news that our exam was postponed until next week was a ray of sunshine for everyone.
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