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accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative

Focus on the positive rather than the negative. If you're feeling down, try to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. Focus on the good things in your life!

eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive

Focus on the positive rather than the negative. If you're feeling down, try to eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive. Focus on the good things in your life!


1. An aspect of something that is particularly unfavorable, undesirable, or problematic; a drawback or con. They're offering a great salary with amazing benefits. The only negative is that I'll have to move halfway across the state to work there. Looking at your proposal, the potential negatives seem to outweigh the expected positives.
2. No. A: "Do you see anything on the radar?" B: "Negative, Captain." I was expecting negatives from everyone on the board, so I was pleasantly surprised when they agreed to my idea.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

(I've) seen worse.

a noncommittal and not totally negative judgment about something or someone. Alice: How did you like the movie? John: I've seen worse. Bill: What do you think about this weather? Gladys: Seen worse.
See also: seen, worse
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


n. any drawback or bad thing about someone or something. There are too many negatives associated with your plan.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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