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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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Though Tibet itself, bleakly inhospitable, has little to conquer, it occupies critical ground between Russia, China and India.
Written in 1898 and published anonymously, this dialogue between an Old Man and a Young Man embodies Twain's philosophy, a bleakly mechanistic determinism.
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Synopsis: "Little Boy Needs Ride" is Chicago playwright Chris Bower's debut collection of gloriously nasty, bleakly unhinged, and oddly compelling short stories marks the arrival of a truly original voice.
As in 'the countryside around here is bleakly beautiful.' Like Robson, she'll be diving, swimming, cycling and kayaking her way around the coastline as well as chatting to locals to give a flavour of this wind-swept, stark landscape.
But the judge and jury in the case are not what they seem, as Angelo, deputising for the ruling duke, has his own bleakly lecherous secrets and tastes.
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Today, millions of people will be nursing hangovers, staring bleakly at the detritus of the past 12 months, and promising this year will be different.
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Bleakly, who was spotted showing off her 120,000 pounds engagement ring as the loved-up pair strolled in Beverly Hills, had said that she wants a small wedding at her hometown in Northern Ireland.
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The double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee has built a base of discerning fans addicted to the bleakly dark comic world he creates and his past shows have been sell-out hits at the famous Edinburgh festival.