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color in

To fill something with color, as of the outlines of pictures in coloring books. A noun or pronoun can be used between "color" and "in." My daughter loves art, so just give her crayons and a coloring book, and she'll color in the pictures all day long. I love drawing with pencil and ink, but I don't think it ever looks as good if I color it in.
See also: color

color up

1. To cover someone or something with color. A noun or pronoun can be used between "color" and "up." Tens of thousands of people get colored up with brightly colored powders called Gulal. I wanted to color my outfit up with some nice accessories.
2. To fill in a black-and-white image with color. A noun or pronoun can be used between "color" and "up." I do all the drawings in ink, and a friend of mine colors them up for me.
3. To become red in the face, as from embarrassment; to blush. I could feel myself coloring up as I awkwardly asked Cindy on a date.
4. To exchange lower-denomination casino chips for fewer chips of a higher denomination. A noun or pronoun can be used between "color" and "up." I raked in my winnings and then made my way over to the cashier to color up my chips.
See also: color, up

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. It seems like Mary only looks through rose-colored glasses, like she's in incapable of dealing with the negative things in life!
See also: glass, look, through

look (at something) through rose-coloured spectacles

To assume a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude (toward something); to focus only or mostly on the positive aspects (of something). Primarily heard in UK. I know nostalgia can be misleading, but I really look at my childhood through rose-coloured spectacles. It seems like Mary only looks through rose-coloured spectacles, like she's in incapable of dealing with the negative things in life!
See also: look, spectacle, through

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-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

see (something) through rose-colored glasses

To assume a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude toward something; to focus only or mostly on the positive aspects of something. Nostalgia can be misleading—we all tend to see our childhoods through rose-colored glasses. I think Mary is only capable of seeing things through rose-colored glasses, like she's in complete denial of the negative things in life!
See also: glass, see, through

see (something) through rose-coloured spectacles

To assume a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude toward something; to focus only or mostly on the positive aspects of something. Primarily heard in UK. Nostalgia can be misleading—we all tend to see our childhoods through rose-coloured spectacles. I think Mary is only capable of seeing things through rose-coloured spectacles, like she's in complete denial of the negative things in life!
See also: see, spectacle, through

through rose-coloured spectacles

With a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude. Primarily heard in UK. I know you look at your childhood through rose-coloured spectacles, but nostalgia like that can be misleading. I think Mary is only capable of seeing things through rose-coloured spectacles, like she's in complete denial of the negative things in life.
See also: spectacle, through

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

color something in

to paint or draw color on a pattern or outline. Here is a sketch. Please color it in. Color in the sketch, please.
See also: color
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

color in

v.
To cover completely the bounded surface of something with a color: The child colored in an outline of a tree with green crayon. We traced the stencil and colored it in.
See also: color
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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.
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.
Occasionally articles from Die Burger were reprinted which argued that the political alienation of coloureds from Afrikaners was a recent phenomenon.
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.(52) After the election Die Burger wrote that the most developed coloureds voted against the Smuts government.(53) Heading up the Pact government, Hertzog immediately embarked on implementing his policy of segregation.
The NP was bound by its election promise to put coloureds on an equal footing with the whites.(56) Prime Minister Hertzog stated that whites and the 'more civilised' coloureds would enjoy preference on the railways and in other public works over 'the less civilised native'.
Other disabilities continued to weigh heavily upon the coloureds. 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.
The Pact government nevertheless brought some improvements for coloureds. On the mines new opportunities opened up because certificates of competency could now be issued to coloured as well as white men.
Africans fared worse under the Civilized Labour policy but the gap between the somewhat more privileged coloureds and Africans at the bottom of the ladder was narrowing because of intensifying discrimination against all who were not white.
It was the other leg of Hertzog's segregation policy, disenfranchising Cape Africans, which would ultimately destroy the NP's commitment to political and economic equality for coloureds. With African children outnumbering white children in the Cape Province by nearly two to one, Hertzog believed that if the African vote was not taken away white civilization over the longer run would be handed over to the 'tender mercies of barbarism'.(65) However, the political fortunes of the NP were as much at stake as the future of 'white civilization'.
Both believed that although there were large numbers of coloureds who deserved the vote many others were in no respect superior to 'raw natives' and as such not entitled to equal rights with whites.
Referring to the attempt to separate coloureds and Africans he said that SAP 'misrepresentations' had made the coloureds afraid of the NP.(82) 'The Coloureds were told that they would have to go to court to prove their parentage.
In fact the government had already given up three years previously when it banned sexual intercourse between whites and Africans, but exempted coloureds from the act.
le Grange, denounced both coloured 'radicals' and Malan for his betrayal of coloureds.(86) The number of coloured voters remained stagnant until Malan's government removed them from the common voters' roll in the 1950s.
It was after the political abandonment of the coloureds that the Afrikaner nationalist intelligentia embarked vigorously on the project of proclaiming an exclusive Afrikaner identity.