rose-tinted spectacles

rose-tinted 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-tinted 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-tinted spectacles. You need to take off your rose-tinted spectacles for a moment and realise that there are serious problems in the world that need fixing.
See also: spectacle

rose-tinted spectacles

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rose-tinted glasses

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rose-coloured glasses

COMMON If someone sees something or someone through rose-tinted spectacles or rose-coloured glasses, they only notice the good things about them and so their view is unrealistic. Note: `Rose-coloured' is spelled `rose-colored' in American English. He accused diplomats of looking at the world through rose-tinted spectacles. I realise we all tend to see our children through rose-tinted glasses. Real estate broker Tom Foye believes that many buyers tend to look at houses with rose-colored glasses. Consequently, they end up feeling cheated.
See also: spectacle
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So I wondered, as we went in to review the restaurant, whether we might have remembered it with rose-tinted spectacles.
And, when that person isn't there any more, the tendency is to put on those rose-tinted spectacles and focus on all the good things you remember about them.
I think he is looking at the past through slightly rose-tinted spectacles.
The decision should be left to those who will suffer its repercussions the longest, not by us grumpy folk who look back through our rose-tinted spectacles and believe we were better off before we joined.
Those advocating that the Government hold on to the line are probably resorting to rose-tinted spectacles.
Wearing my rose-tinted spectacles, I think the answer to both the questions is "yes
Isn't it time, in this period of austerity, that we took off our rose-tinted spectacles and faced up to reality?
EVERYONE wears rose-tinted spectacles when looking back on the past but without change, depression sets in.
It has a reputation for being an artistic, bohemian place but a lot of that is looking through rose-tinted spectacles," he said.
A pair of rose-tinted spectacles was among the late Jimmy Savile's belongings that were auctioned yesterday
Prepare to have those rose-tinted spectacles snatched off your head and stomped all over.
London, Nov 17 (ANI): A news study has found that brains of happy people appear to respond more strongly to positive things in their environment than others, explaining why some folk seem to go about wearing rose-tinted spectacles.
You will always get those who sit and watch games through rose-tinted spectacles.
It's inevitable perhaps that we should see those days through rose-tinted spectacles.