glass half empty

glass half empty

Of or characterized by a generally pessimistic worldview. (Typically hyphenated and used as a modifier before a noun.) Mark is such a glass-half-empty kind of guy that he will find a way to see even the best situation in a negative light. When it comes to the state of the world, most people are glass half empty. But they forget all the progress that has been made.
See also: empty, glass, half

(see the) ˌglass half ˈfull/half ˈempty

used to describe whether somebody has a positive or negative attitude towards something: People are prepared to see the glass half full at the moment rather than half empty.He’s a glass-half-full type of guy (= he always expects good things to happen).
See also: empty, full, glass, half
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As a nation we generally tend to have our glass half empty as opposed to half full.
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Glass half empty?" Arlene Robertson said:"Love the idea.
We blame the government for everything we hate about the Philippines and insist on seeing the glass half empty rather than half full.
In a way this is a matter of culture, with one faction looking at the glass half empty and the other at a glass half full.
Nick was a man who had a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty, approach to life and he had a great 'can-do' mentality.
From the glass half empty half poured silver goblet of love, life and jealousy.
At the risk of having our glass half empty, the same facts highlighted as a positive are open to a very different interpretation.
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