paint a (some kind of) picture (of something)(redirected from paint a [bleak etc.] picture of)
paint a (some kind of) picture (of something)
To give an elaborate or detailed description of something that portrays it in a specific way. The board meeting painted a pretty grim picture. If sales don't improve, the company might not have a future. Jonathan always paints an idyllic picture of our childhood, glossing over the bad memories of our father.
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paint a terrible, depressing, rosy, etc. ˈpicture (of somebody/something)describe something in a particular way; give a particular impression of somebody/something, often a negative one: You paint a depressing picture of your childhood! ♢ People who don’t like students paint the worst possible picture of their behaviour. ♢ The book paints a vivid picture of life in the city.
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