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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!

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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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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When the articulating hinge side closes, the material is rolled and almost tumbled, pushing the material into all the void spaces in the bale chamber, eliminating the need for pre-conditioning of many materials being baled.
However, Dectrick, a quality engineer at Pre-Finish Metals in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, is in charge of eliminating debt and vacation expenses, while Paula, a business analyst for Hewitt Associates in Lincolnshire, Illinois, focuses on building nest eggs for investment and retirement purposes.
The coalitions took seriously the CDC charge to "think outside the box" and develop unique strategies for eliminating health disparities in their communities.
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He may raise the dumbbell at any speed he wants, while keeping the upper body parallel to the floor throughout the exercise (eliminating the lower back muscles).
Called SYON-5, it has four distinct modes of eliminating unhygienic odors in healthcare settings:
The Amendments also reduce the burden on states by eliminating requirements for a strategic plan; however, the requirement that a portion of the Title I formula grant funds for the VR program be reserved to support the development of innovative approaches to expanding and improving VR services, particularly to individuals with the most significant disabilities was retained.
One need not accept Kotlikoff's econometric model as an instrument of precision (or even crude accuracy) to see that by eliminating the income and inheritance taxes, including the tax on saving, there is bound to be a huge boost in output and productivity.
The Board has long believed that significant reductions can be made in regulatory burden by eliminating requirements that are redundant or have outlived their usefulness.
The current opportunities for reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons, and for changing long-standing Cold War nuclear policies, are subject to erosion and challenge.
An Army unit clashed with terrorists from al-Nusra Front in Khan al-Assal area Aleppo's Southwestern countryside, eliminating most of them, while another unit eliminated terrorists and destroyed their weapons and ammo East of Atareb and West of Khan al-Assal, SANA reported Monday.
These new alternatives can contribute additional benefits such as eliminating costly secondary operations.
Pneumatic systems easily adapt to automation and completely contain the product, eliminating many housekeeping and environmental issues.