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look on the sunny side (of life/things)

To view one's life, situation, or circumstances with a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude; to focus on what is positive in life. My mother always told me to look on the sunny side of life, and I have to admit, it helps when I'm having a rough day. I've had a problem with anxiety and stress, but lately I've been trying to just look on the sunny side of things. Life's too short to worry about every little detail; I say, just look on the sunny side and have a bit of fun!
See also: life, look, on, side, sunny

sunny side up

1. Of an egg, fried in a pan on one side so that the yolk remains runny on the top. When I was a kid, I would only eat eggs cooked sunny side up; now I'm a bit more flexible in how they can be prepared.
2. Having a particularly cheerful and optimistic attitude and outlook. He's a really nice guy, but it's a little irritating how he's always sunny side up like that. Not everything is sunny side up in the country, though, despite its booming economy; many in the more rural areas still face poverty and high unemployment rates
See also: side, sunny, up

sunny-side up

Fig. [of eggs] with yolks facing up and not turned over or cooked through; straight up. I'll have my eggs sunny-side up, with toast and coffee. People who like sunny-side up eggs wouldn't dream of eating a whole raw egg.
See also: up

sunny side

1. The pleasant or cheerful aspect of something, as in Beth always sees the sunny side of events like graduations. This idiom alludes to the area on which sunlight falls. [First half of 1800s]
2. on the sunny side of. At an age less than, younger than, as in He's still on the sunny side of forty. [Second half of 1800s]
3. sunny-side up. Fried so that the yolk remains intact and uppermost, as in I ordered my eggs sunny-side up and you brought me scrambled eggs. This expression transfers the appearance of the sun to that of an egg yolk. [c. 1900]
See also: side, sunny

sunny side up

1. If you describe someone or something as sunny side up, you mean that they are cheerful and bright. This was Sol, sunny side up. He was `loving every moment' with his new club, feeling `alive again.' Note: You can also say that you keep your sunny side up, meaning that you stay cheerful. Somehow, throughout all this, she managed to keep her sunny side up.
2. If a fried egg is sunny side up, it is cooked on one side only and not turned over in the pan. She cooked his eggs the way he liked them — sunny side up and a drizzle of melted butter on top.
See also: side, sunny, up

sunny side up

(of an egg) fried on one side only. North American
See also: side, sunny, up

ˌsunny-side ˈup

(American English) (of an egg) fried on one side only: How’d you like your eggs - scrambled or sunny-side up?
See also: up

sunny-side up

mod. [of eggs] having yolks facing up and still yellow and hot, but not cooked through; straight up. I’ll have my eggs sunny-side up, with toast and coffee.
See also: up
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I found that this sunnily celebratory masterpiece had been moved from its central position to a dark side room, as if in shame, and I could easily understand why.
It is not an American bar, darkened still by the long shadow of Prohibition, nor a French cafe, with zinc bar and people sunnily sipping aperitifs on the pavement outside; not a Bavarian beer-hall with brimming steins, full of swaying and noise.
Mercury Rev, on the other hand, beamed sunnily as they went about their business and singer Jonathan Donahue - not normally famed for his cheery demeanour - looked positively radiant on stage as they wound up the Evening Session tent.
Cocking her head and smiling sweetly, Ananiashvili conveys a wide-eyed innocence that grows more touching when she leaves her forest home to pursue Misgir, danced sunnily by Carlos Acosta.
A mourning process has now been completed," Jean-Francois Lyotard opined sunnily in The Postmodern Condition.
Particularly notable among those playing assorted gunsels, patsies, sleazeballs, wise-asses and loons were Rex McDowell as a mad Armenian hit-man, Robert Wright and David Pichette (poisonous lizard and rabid pekinese, respective) as businessman trafficking in non-standard merchandise, and David Mong as the mysterious Babcock, Ray's sunnily implacable doom.
Two years on, she's sunnily self-possessed and newly married to Adrian, an old friend, but I sense she is still kicking herself.
I knew that kindergarten wiped me out, though not physically, and I would come home and drive my bus--two wagons hitched to a tricycle--around in circles, sunnily announcing stops to my invisible passengers but refusing to engage in small talk.
Not courting fatalistic foreshadowing, she kept Butterfly sunnily hopeful, largely smiling until Sharpless recommended marrying Yamadori; even then, she and Stokes let the tragedy build incrementally.
He can be withering, as when considering the "excremental republic" of the Bush years, the sunnily fascistic lure of "amiable Cro-Magnon" Schwarzenegger, or, tacking leftward, those with "graduate degree[s] in 'gender studies,' deconstructivism' or the piquantly amorphous 'theory' of subjects its specialists never had to learn before theorizing them down to the ground.
Things seem initially more promising at home, where Melanie sunnily greets her largely disinterested new neighbors with homemade schnapps before initiating a tentative friendship with the infinitely more worldly Tina Schaffner (Daniela Holtz), who lives across the way and seems to be involved in a tempestuous relationship.
But thankfully, for anyone who has to earn a living, the shops remember those stuck beneath the rays of office strip lighting, unable to leave their computer to swan sunnily about in hippy chic.
genres that sunnily embrace beauty, such as fashion, pornography,
Keaton is her usual sunnily dithering self, so her harsh theological pronouncements play as a little incongruous.
In April 1982, at the height of the worst recession since the Depression, with unemployment nearly at 10 per cent, former president Ronald Reagan took to the radio and sunnily declared: "You know, there really is something magic about the marketplace when it's free to operate.