glass half full


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glass half full

Of or characterized by a generally optimistic worldview. (Typically hyphenated and used as a modifier before a noun.) Rebecca has such a glass-half-full mentality that even when her company went bankrupt she simply saw it as a learning experience for the future. I tend to be pretty glass half full most of the time. I just don't see the point in thinking the worst of everything.
See also: full, 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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