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in a (kind of) light

Depicted or shown in a particular way, or from a particular perspective (i.e., good, positive, favorable, bad, negative, etc.). He was angry because the film didn't portray him in a favorable light. I'm flattered that he based a character in his novel on me, but I think I was shown in a bad light. A candidate's policies are important, but during an election, it matters more for voters to see them in a good light.
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in a bad light

Negatively; under unfavorable circumstances. (Typically used with the verbs "see" or "show," or some similar variation.) I'm flattered that he based a character in his novel on me, but I think I was shown in a bad light. The once-beloved mayor has been seen in a bad light ever since news of his tax-evasion scandal came to public attention.
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in a good light

In a positive or favorable way. He was angry because the film didn't portray him in a good light. A candidate's policy is important, but it matters more to be seen by voters in a good light.
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in a good light

Under favorable circumstances, as in They thought he'd make a wonderful mayor, but they'd only seen him in a good light, or The book portrayed their actions in a good light. Both this expression and its antonym, in a bad light, transfer physical light in which something can (or cannot) be seen clearly to figurative use. The literal terms date from the early 1500s.
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in a ˌgood, ˌbad, ˌfavourable, etc. ˈlight

if you see something or put something in a good, bad, etc. light, it seems good, bad, etc: You must not view what happened in a negative light.They want to present their policies in the best possible light.
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That represents a vast improvement from the early 1990s, when Japan's favorable ratings dropped below 50% in five of six polls as Americans wrestled with fears that Japan's economy threatened the prosperity of the United States.
La actitud para "La deontologia es la teoria etica mas aplicada al ejercicio profesional haciendose explicita en los codigos de etica que contienen normas genericas para todos los profesionales, y normas especificas segun el tipo de trabajo de cada profesion" fue para el 47% de los docentes muy favorable y para el 53% fue favorable.
The researchers found that men with favorable intermediate-risk did not have significantly increased risk of PCSM and ACM when compared to men with low-risk PC after a median follow up of 7.
40% of respondents were favorable about the Parliament, 50% of respondents expressed unfavorable opinion of the Parliament.
Nearly 78 percent of participants had a favorable attitude toward attending a future IVC workshop, slightly lower than the 81 percent with a favorable attitude toward having attended the initial IVC workshop.
The AJCA included many provisions affecting REITs; overall, their effect is quite favorable.
The only area in which the physician responses exceed 50 percent favorable was in encouraging physician involvement in committee work and medical staff organization activities.
This should have a favorable impact on the E&S market's operating performance as well as its balance-sheet strength.
Supreme Court decision concerning the government's constitutional duty to disclose information favorable to the accused contained the language in the beginning quote.
However, most midly depressed volunteers chose to interact with the negative evaluator and opted for another experiment following a favorable evaluation.
While appeals officers, unlike revenue agents, are able to consider 'litigation risks' in their settlement negotiations, they too are more easily impressed with an IRS revenue ruling which makes clear that the IRS has already agreed to the favorable treatment of an issue.
Synopsis: Hillary Clinton's favorable rating has dipped to 36%, the lowest Gallup has measured for her.
Rolling over part of an LSD does not affect the favorable tax treatment allowed for the NUA on employer stock that the taxpayer retained; see Letter Ruling 9721036.