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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.
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paint a terrible, depressing, rosy, etc. ˈpicture (of somebody/something)

describe something in a particular way; give a particular impression of somebody/something, often a negative one: You paint a depressing picture of your childhood!People who don’t like students paint the worst possible picture of their behaviour.The book paints a vivid picture of life in the city.
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Given the immense (and to most European eyes unfamiliar and unfathomable) pressures on places such as Caracas, Johannesburg and Shanghai, the conventional role of the architect as a purveyor of tasteful, set-piece buildings seems hopelessly redundant, swept aside by a tidal wave of unfettered expansion (Mexico City's depressingly infinite suburbs) and the social scourges of crime (Sao Paulo), disease (Johannesburg's HIV epidemic) and crippling poverty (most everywhere else).
But to claim that in this project or those that followed she illuminated anything about subcultures or social categories is depressingly naive.
It was a depressingly familiar tale for those from around these parts, with a combination of rain and bad light allowing just 25.2 overs' play.
DAILY COVERAGE OF THE MICROsoft antitrust trial was depressingly predictable.
The details of this kind of slaying are by now depressingly familiar--but nonetheless shocking.
And while these other stories don't tend to get the sort of high-profile coverage normally reserved to school shootings and terrorist bombings, they are depressingly familiar to most of us.
Turakiare Teauariki's piece on his own relatively recent experiences in Papua New Guinea adds a fascinating first-hand account that also, depressingly, serves to show the continuation of white racism well into this century.
But as these words are written early in July, there seems to be every reason to conclude that once again, after half a century of failed attempts to institute a rational and humane health-care system in the United States, we've missed the boat--for this year and, it seems depressingly likely, for years to come.
It's the irrelevant fripperies which sell the books (at exorbitant prices), as Harriet Bernstein-Tyson makes depressingly clear in her lucid, pithy A Conspiracy of Good Intentions: America's Textbook Fiasco (Council for Basic Education, 725 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005).
One recent survey depressingly claims 75 percent of all Americans get all their news from television.
It is depressingly obvious our unequal society and the struggles endured by so many to afford an education has contributed to the Seeking Arrangement horror show that many of our young women are exposed to.
DEATHS in the workplace are a depressingly regular occurrence - and deserve the closest of official scrutiny.
And, depressingly, what hope for the young people themselves if no-one is prepared to give them a chance to redeem themselves?
IT is depressingly inevitable that a look at the letters page of The Journal in the days following a demo such as the TUC anti-cuts march on Saturday will throw up any number of misinformed, lazy, ignorant stereotypes and plain untruths, and this week has proved no different.
Graham Newton, retail partner for BDO in West Yorkshire, said: "Failures were depressingly high in 2009, but they have hit their peak and the good news is that we will finally see a fall in 2010."