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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

or

rose-tinted glasses

or

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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