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look (at something) through rose-colored glasses

To assume a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude (toward something); to focus on the positive aspects (of something). Primarily heard in US. I know nostalgia can be misleading, but I really look at my childhood through rose-colored glasses. I think Mary is only capable of looking through rose-colored glasses, like she's in complete denial of the negative things in life!
See also: glass, look, through

rose-coloured spectacles

An unduly idealistic, optimistic, sentimental, or wistful perspective on or about something. Primarily heard in UK. I know Sarah looks on our childhood with rose-coloured spectacles, but I can't put aside how difficult my parents' failing marriage was for all of us. Despite doing worse every quarter for the last two years, our boss keeps seeing the business through rose-coloured spectacles. You need to take off your rose-coloured spectacles for a moment and realise that there are serious problems in the world that need fixing.
See also: spectacle

wear rose-colored glasses

To assume an unduly optimistic and cheerful attitude (toward something); to focus solely or primarily on the positive aspects (of something). Primarily heard in US. Many of us wear rose-colored glasses when we think back to our childhoods. It's part of the reason nostalgia is such a powerful emotional draw. I find it a little irksome how you always wear rose-colored glasses, even in the worst of times!
See also: glass, wear


Of a shade of pink. I'm going to wear a rose-colored dress to the wedding this weekend. We love watching the rose-colored clouds at sunset.

rose-coloured glasses

  (British & Australian) also rose-colored glasses/rose-coloured spectacles (American & Australian/British)
if someone thinks about or looks at something with rose-coloured glasses, they think it is more pleasant than it really is She's nostalgic for a past that she sees through rose-colored glasses.
See also: glass
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For over 35 years coloured gems have outperformed virtually every other traditional tangible investment.
Boasting a total of 100 years of combined experience in the industry, the firm has amassed one of the largest inventories of investment-grade natural coloured diamonds and rare jewels from their sources around the globe.
The fancy coloured diamonds invested in can also be made into unique jewellery pieces at the Dhillon & Partners new online store.
CHAPS UK also issue Passports to all Coloured Horses and Ponies, irrespective of whether or not they have a verifiable pedigree and this is open to everyone.
THEY have been around for 4,000 years and yet now just a few hundred survive: the ancient coloured cattle of Wales, from which emerged the Welsh Black, now depend for their survival on enthusiasts and smallholders.
Coloured cattle were once the mainstay of Welsh country folklore and few farms would have been without at least one.
The Tir Gofal environment scheme is the main reason why a ray of hope is once again shining on Wales's coloured cattle.