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accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative

Focus on the positive rather than the negative. If you're feeling down, try to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. Focus on the good things in your life! It can be very hard to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative when you're in a bout of depression. My wife left me. How can I "accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative" in a situation like this, huh?

eliminate (someone or something) from (something)

To remove or take someone or something away from something. A loss tonight would eliminate my team from the playoffs. We need to eliminate all dairy from this recipe because Jim is a vegan.
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eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive

Focus on the positive rather than the negative. If you're feeling down, try to eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive. Focus on the good things in your life!


slang Murdered. Ray eliminated the informant, just as the boss told him to.
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eliminate someone or something from something

to remove someone or something from something. We had to eliminate Jeff from the list. The cook eliminated veal from the menu. She sought to eliminate herself from consideration.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. mod. killed. When Frank is eliminated, there will be no competition.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. How can anybody get eliminated on four beers?
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Husky says the tip's mixing action ensures even dispersal of colorants and eliminates visible flow lines, while also homogenizing stresses and providing improved structural properties in molded parts.
Bair added, "The diverter valves operate reliably and completely eliminate the risk of mixing grades." Since only three grades of carbon black were in use and there were four bins, Parker engineers turned a split bin into one common bin to have added reserve of the primary grade of carbon black on hand in the event of a deliver disruption.
Nevertheless, Klein cautions, there's no guarantee that any of them will eliminate all infectious agents.
In addition, mills should eliminate conditions that retain water around the tank baseplate, or that redirect water underneath the tank.
Most processors collect these items manually now, but a computer-controlled system can eliminate the human mathematical errors that can occur.
To eliminate AMT, the client should sell enough stock before year-end to cause the regular tax to equal, but not exceed, tentative minimum tax.
It also includes a database of costs associated with those items and guide specifications that eliminate the need for architects' designs to fix a sidewalk crack or repair a leaky roof.
These steps to streamline and eliminate unnecessary administrative requirements and to speed up access to services will save states both monetary and personnel resources that can be better used to support direct services to individuals with disabilities.
A plan amendment that retroactively (i) eliminates or reduces an early retirement benefit or a retirement-type subsidy (as defined in regulations), or (ii) eliminates an optional form of benefit is treated as reducing accrued benefits.
He threatened early on to veto any appropriations bill that eliminates the Endowment.
Only a sales tax eliminates the need for individual audits, recordkeeping, and enforced tax collection, and it can eliminate the staggering $700-billion annual compliance cost.
It eliminates billions of dollars of economically worthless tax shelters.
Grades of these high-temperature resistant resins are also available with conductive filler, which eliminates the need to apply a conductive primer coating in order to permit electrostatic topcoating (powder or liquid).
This process greatly reduces material costs, labor and production time involved in making consistently high quality specialist extruded profiles, and eliminates the add-on or post-production processes previously required to fabricate components, fit them to the host surface and then finish off the aesthetic detail.
Further, not only does this system eliminate the camshafts, drive chains/belts, cam phasers, and drive gears/pulleys, it also eliminates their rotational mass, parasitic losses, and cost.