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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, through

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

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

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

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

rose-colored

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.

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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They advocated it primarily on the grounds that social segregation would induce educated coloureds to accept 'what they were' and prompt them to concern themselves with the rehabilitation of their 'own'.
It appealed for equal economic opportunity and education for coloureds but gave no support to the suggestion of separate coloured representation.
Ostensibly authored by coloureds writing letters to the editor, most were probably the work of Die Burger journalists or NP politicians.
An unsigned article in Afrikaans under the heading 'The Coloured as Entity' exhorted coloureds to be proud of their history, strive towards unity and guard against racial degeneration.
Once whites became aware that they were dealing with a community who was pure and elevated in it sphere they would extend a helping hand to Coloureds who wished to attain an ideal along the lines of developing on their own.
It is my contention that, should we wish to speak of the Coloureds as an entity, it is more the tie of language which binds us than the tie of blood.
Coloureds laboured under a dual disability: their mixed descent and their deficient cultural development.
The Clarion also grappled with the question whether coloureds should accept a form of political self-segregation in order to advance their own interests more successfully.
44) De Waal accused the APO of spreading the same false stereotypes about the Afrikaners as the British imperialists did, depicting them as slaveholders and racists who wished to bring coloureds under the heel of Afrikaner republicanism and slavery.
Occasionally articles from Die Burger were reprinted which argued that the political alienation of coloureds from Afrikaners was a recent phenomenon.
The three 'main races' (whites, coloureds and natives) have an inalienable right to be considered component parts of the South African yolk.
The ANB rejected samesmelting (fusion) between coloureds and Africans because it wanted 'to look after, first of all, our own', and 'cultivate a spirit of national pride' in cooperation with whites.
Using Hertzog's policy of equal political and economic rights for coloureds with whites rather than the argument for separate coloured representation, the alliance attracted some coloured support in its electoral victory.
The NP was bound by its election promise to put coloureds on an equal footing with the whites.
Because education was not made compulsory for coloureds only 785 coloureds against 13,128 white children by 1927 completed the first year of secondary education - the educational standard which the Apprenticeship Act of 1921 laid down for entry in trades.