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look (at something) through rose-tinted 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-tinted glasses. I think Mary is only capable of looking through rose-tinted glasses, like she's in complete denial of the negative things in life!
See also: glass, look, through

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 glasses

  (British, American & Australian) also rose-tinted spectacles (British)
if someone looks at something through rose-tinted glasses, they see only the pleasant parts of it She has always looked at life through rose-tinted glasses.
See also: glass


n. sunglasses. I have to get some prescription tints.
See also: tint
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The second and most frustrating and persistent problem, exacerbated by high-strength tinters, is poor tinter compatibility.
I was honored that Tinter 'un-invited' me, and applaud its great idea of having a 'party of parties' that no one is attending," said Ilene Lieberman, Fort Lauderdale Commissioner, District 1.
Tinter also noted that the company has trained its employees about LNP, engaged in extensive intercarrier testing of its LNP systems, and is prepared to meet the November 24th deadline.
Prior to retaining Stark Tinter, California Software had followed a long-time practice of allowing customers to work with new products for 30 days before deciding whether to keep or return them.
The automatic tinter then punches a small hole in the paint can, adds tint, reseals the can, and the paint is mixed automatically.
OTCBB:CAWC) Monday announced it will restate its financial statements for 1999 and for the first quarter 2000 based on recommendations from its new accounting firm, Stark Tinter & Associates LLC.
Visitors can also watch award-winning tinters demonstrate their installation expertise and share their personal tips for a fast, clean installation.
Marco Cenisio, the company's senior vice president and general manager of the pigments business unit, explained that the expansion would specifically support "high quality, environmentally safer colorants and point of sales tinters used by our customers in coatings, printing, and other special applications where we continue to experience double digit growth.
Printco Industries LLC is a Pulaski, WI, USA-based manufacturer of enclosed doctor blade systems, flexographic presses, coaters (including wax), laminators and tinters.
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The HDClear Design Portfolio is a tool for inspiring ideas for architects, commercial design firms, window tinters and fabricators who use decorative glass in their projects.
These cost about pounds 14 a litre and are transparent when you buy them, ready for you to colour with either emulsion paints (50:50), universal tinters, or artists acrylic paints.
Campbell says its now WoodSong II Hi-Performance stain base was designed to be tinted with both Huls 844 colorants and P&L tinters, yielding deep, rich colors.
There are about 1000 people at this site making industrial, decorative & refinish automotive paints plus aerosols, adhesives, tinters, solvents and 80% plus of all the resins for the paints.