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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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'Even in the bleakest and [direst] moments of our history as a nation, Filipinos have shown their immense capacity for hope and happiness,' Andanar said.
There are now more than 1,000 unemployed school-leavers in the Huddersfield area - And prospects of many of them getting jobs are the bleakest ever.
He was responsible for some of Israeli cinema's greatest popular hits, as well as some of its bleakest cynical moments.
The couple's resilience, though, shines through, giving hope to even the bleakest situations.
The thousands of heroes who''ve lost their lives, Defending our shores in the bleakest of times.
When a parachute accident results in a broken back, Ryan offers all of us a moving lesson in belief in oneself and overcoming our own bleakest days.
Washington, Jumada I 8, 1434, Mar 20, 2013, SPA - The United Nations official responsible for aiding Syrian refugees painted his bleakest picture to date Tuesday, describing a humanitarian crisis that is "dramatic beyond description" and a country and people so destroyed that they could take years to recover under the best of circumstances.
DARREN CARTER will aim to draw a line under the bleakest year of his life tomorrow by knocking star-studded Everton out of the FA Cup.
Terming the year 2012 as bleakest year for Agriculture, Agri Forum Pakistan (AFP) claimed that the sector suffered Rs 219 billion losses this year in shape of failure in attaining the production targets set for major and minor crops leading the country towards food insecurity, pushing the rural population further in to poverty, price hike of agricultural commodities and unemployment.
A pitch-black tale of murder, corruption and almost every other conceivable form of human injustice is taken to its bleakest possible conclusions in "People Mountain People Sea." Set in motion by a man's hunt for his brother's killer, helmer Cai Shangjun's slow-burning second feature employs a certain narrative vagueness as its protagonist betrays not a word of his increasingly dark motives.
It might work in Starbucks but going into a caff in deepest, bleakest Blaenau on a windswept Monday morning and asking for a tall, skinny latte isn't a great idea.
Fair play then to Carol Klein who, even in the bleakest weather, doesn't let a bit of the old sub-zero get between her and her hardy perennials.
He said that lawyers should avoid involvement of politics in judiciary in the larger interest of nation and challenged that if a referendum is held over the exclusion of name of Zia-ul-Haq so his tenure will be declared the bleakest in the history of Pakistan.
When life looks its bleakest, she finds comfort in an ancestor's diary, back during the times of slavery.
IT'S perhaps surprising that oranges, the sunniest of fruits, are at their best during the bleakest of months: during the winter, oranges supplied to the UK from southern Europe (particularly Spain) are high in quality and low in price.