Meaning of “grateful/thankful for small mercies” in the English Dictionary

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"grateful/thankful for small mercies" in British English

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grateful/thankful for small mercies

If someone should be grateful/thankful for small mercies, they should be grateful for something because it is not as bad as it could have been:

She wasn't badly hurt in the accident, so we're grateful for small mercies.

(Definition of “grateful/thankful for small mercies” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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