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look bleak

To seem or appear very unfavorable or utterly hopeless; to seem grim or bleak. Whenever things start to look bleak in life, my children always make me feel immensely better. After reviewing the fourth quarter financials, things are looking pretty bleak for the company.
See also: bleak, look

paint a (some kind of) picture (of something)

To give an elaborate or detailed description of something that portrays it in a specific way. The board meeting painted a pretty grim picture. If sales don't improve, the company might not have a future. Jonathan always paints an idyllic picture of our childhood, glossing over the bad memories of our father.
See also: kind, paint, picture
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Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: "The message from our members and other offshore workers in this survey is clear - unless the Government starts to come up with new thinking for the oil and gas industry, the future is looking very bleak.
He said that almost 55-60 percent of the patients who were following the checkup had bleak chances to recover eyesight in their one eye, KMS reported.
One of the more relatively recent arrivals in the Iberian Peninsula is the bleak Alburnus alburnus (L., 1758), a cyprinid species native to most of Europe, from the Pyrenees to the Urals.
Ben Franklin, head of economics of an ageing society at ILC-UK, said: "The future for adult social care looks bleak. The social care settlement will be insufficient to meet the growing care needs of an ageing population and does little more than paper over the cracks which many of those who are in need of care are already falling through."
However, this structure actually functions perfectly: it arises from and responds to key facets of the programme, and ultimately situates Bleak House within its specific adaptive, televisual, cultural and critical contexts.
Atheists have a bleak view of life THE atheist has a very bleak outlook on life and we should be aware of it.
She has produced a bleak and uncompromising vision of the near future; not another dystopian fantasy but a grim and all too realistic portrayal of societal breakdown and individual suffering.
There was no sign of an upturn after retailers were hit by bleak weather in March and a subdued performance over Easter, CBI figures showed.
Announcing the decision Bank governor Gill Marcus painted a bleak picture for the economy, the biggest in Africa.
Snow was falling and a bitter wind was sweeping across the bleak expanse of Emley Moor.
SCROOGE was haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, but there was a much scarier spirit lurking in the shadows of The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff...
MANY high streets are facing a "bleak" future after shopper numbers fell despite the January sales, a report warned today.
JOB prospects in parts of the UK were looking "increasingly bleak", with evidence of a return to the North-South divide, according to a new report today.
The Victorian novelist spent most of his summers at Bleak House, a Grade-II listed building in the southern English town of Broadstairs.
Summary: LONDON - Britain faces a "bleak time" over the next two years due to low economic growth, the Bank of England's chief economist said on Saturday.