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the glass is half full

The situation is generally better or more hopeful than might otherwise be perceived. Rebecca has such a cheery personality that even when her company was nearly bankrupt she believed that the glass was half full.
See also: full, glass, half
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

glass is half full, the

A person views the situation optimistically or hopefully. For example, Betty was not upset by the last-minute change, since it gave her extra time-she always sees the glass as half full . The opposite-that is, the pessimistic view-is put as the glass is half empty. Also see bright side.
See also: glass, half
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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