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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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By the 30s, the glass-half-empty parents might be worrying about their kids divorcing, and whether half of their money might follow the ex.
But was Sunday a glass-half-full or a glass-half-empty day?
A cynic might point to the four goals Belgium scored, or even the zero Scotland mustered in return, but Scottish football is no place for glass-half-empty types.
Even a glass-half-empty bloke like him would have to admit that was an unexpected bonus.
The movie plays out like a musical coming-of-age tale with a supernatural twist, about missed opportunities and second chances, not just for the underappreciated old-timer Sarah portrays with relish and aplomb, but also for the glass-half-empty characters around her who are too selfish to recognize the ample blessings coming their way.
Although the gate for the first round of the League Two play-off against Notts County didn't reach those dizzying heights there would have been more than a few glass-half-empty vets in the respectable 17,404 crowd steeling themselves for another dollop of disappointment.
This strategy works well for the glass-half-empty people in your life who always find something to complain about.
Those of a glass-half-empty nature may be minded to mention the fact that the top two after 19 games last season failed to retain their place in the automatic positions or, for that matter, win promotion.
Are you a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty kind of person?
"Are you glass-half-empty or glass-half-full?" Altman said.
In a statement to Speed's inquest Carol had said her son was "a glass-half-empty person, certainly no optimist".
Speed's mother, Carol, told the inquest her son was "always a glass-half-empty person, certainly no optimist" and a "man of few words", while former England international Alan Shearer said his former Newcastle United teammate's death "still doesn't make sense to me".
It's a question of weighing up your prospects and optimism, two things fickle "glass-half-empty" Arsenal fans aren't the best at.
Ten years ago, the first phase of the Project was completed, yet its application to drug development is still a "work in progress." The glass-half-empty crowd says the prediction of an abundance of new drugs the Project would surely yield has not materialized.
"This 'glass-half-empty versus glass-half-full' interpretation of life reflects our complex emotional states, and our study shows we can get the same information from pigs."