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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

rose-colored glasses

An unduly idealistic, optimistic, sentimental, or wistful perspective on or about something. Primarily heard in US. I know Sarah looks on our childhood with rose-colored glasses, 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-colored glasses. You need to take off your rose-colored glasses for a moment and realize that there are serious problems in the world that need fixing.
See also: glass

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.

through rose-colored glasses

with an attitude that things are better than they really are Looked at through rose-colored glasses, the story of women's role in the state's politics could be considered a success.
Usage notes: usually used with see something or look at something: The magazine had a habit of looking at social issues through rose-colored glasses.
See also: glass

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

see through rose-colored glasses

Also, look through rose-colored glasses. Take an optimistic view of something, as in Kate enjoys just about every activity; she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, or If only Marvin wouldn't be so critical, if he could look through rose-colored glasses once in a while, he'd be much happier . The adjectives rosy and rose-colored have been used in the sense of "hopeful" or "optimistic" since the 1700s; the current idiom dates from the 1850s.
See also: glass, see

through rose-colored glasses

With an unduly cheerful, optimistic, or favorable view of things: see the world through rose-colored glasses.
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The end of King's book would also seem to demand a political narrative as a sequel: How did these free colored elites respond to the revolutionary process in both metropolis and colony?
Nothing big-time or anything like that, just an ordinary colored fellow doing the best I can with the best I've got.
Now, I know you don't know much about Alabama, but peckerwoods in Alabama would kill a colored man for waking up on Sunday.
Now, I don't believe they had real schools for colored then, and I only went because my mama was the sweetest woman on this earth and I would do anything my mama asked.
Virie used to be a pinup-girl for the colored boys during the war, but she was never what you would call a patriot.
There's not a white man alive don't think he can take care of business better than a colored man.
Although The Colored Museum established a formidable starting point, the exorcism of racist black stereotypes was a task too enormous to be accomplished with one work.
applied Gates's theory to African American theatre, more specifically to The Colored Museum.
The Colored Museum is, of course, set in a museum and leads us on a tour of exhibits, whereas Michael Henry Brown's King of Coons, though cinematic in scope, is placed in Hollywood.
I Ain't Yo' Uncle--The New Jack Revisionist Uncle Tom's Cabin premiered in 1990 and functions as a kind of bookend to The Colored Museum by harkening back to a significant source of many stereotypical characterizations of African Americans--the characters made famous in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.
The Short-Sighted Woman of the title is Victoria, a thirty-something Buppie who, like her counterpart, The Man in The Colored Museum's vingnette "Symbiosis," believes that getting rid of all vestiges of negritude is the key to black progress.
Through investigating the Mammy icon it signifies on The Colored Museum.
Just as The Colored Museum served to open the discussion among the artists presented here, this article can only begin to describe the many ways in which these texts engage each other and us in the process of rewriting ourselves and our stories.