see the glass half empty

see the glass (as) half empty

to believe that a situation is more bad than good Some economists looking ahead to the second half of the year see the glass as half empty.
Usage notes: also used in the form the glass is half empty (the situation is seen as bad or not hopeful): A lot of people are unhappy with the way the organization is run - they say the glass is half empty.
See also: empty, glass, half, see