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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 of the company's future. Jonathan always paints an idyllic picture of our childhood, glossing over the bad memories of our father.
See also: kind, of, paint, picture

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
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The family is the crucible within which the characters must struggle to come to terms with their past and each other, and one couldn't ask for a bleaker confluence of circumstances than this family must endure.
In "Hospitals and Asylums," Lindemann contrasts the older, bleaker story about medieval and early modern hospitals with the newer, more positive revisionist version.
Warning: It ends up bleaker than an Alan Greenspan rate-hike, but even as you recoil, you chortle at Brandon's come-uppance.
As we round out yet another national election campaign in the United States, renewing our commitment to fighting for GLBT rights in this country, many of our sisters and brothers abroad face a much bleaker situation.
The Economic Planning Agency (EPA) will unveil a bleaker picture of the economy in its monthly economic report next week, EPA chief Taichi Sakaiya said Friday.
The financial picture at Abitibi-Price was even bleaker during 1990.
The future could hardly be bleaker for juveniles who have committed a murder and been sentenced to death, but their past runs a close second.
In my bleaker moments I seriously wonder whether Theresa May is not a Fifth Columnist, working on behalf of the EU.
And things are looking bleaker in the playoffs as they will continue to miss Lynda Morales who injured her left foot.
THE chances of more than one Welsh region getting into the Champions Cup next season are looking bleaker and bleaker after the Dragons followed the lead of the Ospreys by going down to defeat in Ireland.
The hipster folky style has made way for something cooler, bleaker, altogether a bit less wholesome.
However, some people experience a much bleaker time through no fault of their own.
Inflation, a lack of a pay rise and expectations of a pay cut were the top reasons why people were expecting their situation to become bleaker compared with 2014.
As oil prices are reaching multi-year lows, the oil and gas industry appears to look bleaker by the day.
A Nielsen spokeswoman said: "Britons have a bleaker retirement outlook.