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rose-tinted spectacles

An unduly idealistic, optimistic, sentimental, or wistful perspective on or about something. Primarily heard in UK. I know Sarah looks on our childhood with rose-tinted spectacles, but I can't put aside how difficult my parents' failing marriage was for all of us. Despite doing worse every quarter for the last two years, our boss keeps seeing the business through rose-tinted spectacles. You need to take off your rose-tinted spectacles for a moment and realise that there are serious problems in the world that need fixing.
See also: spectacle

rose-tinted spectacles

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rose-tinted glasses

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rose-coloured glasses

COMMON If someone sees something or someone through rose-tinted spectacles or rose-coloured glasses, they only notice the good things about them and so their view is unrealistic. Note: `Rose-coloured' is spelled `rose-colored' in American English. He accused diplomats of looking at the world through rose-tinted spectacles. I realise we all tend to see our children through rose-tinted glasses. Real estate broker Tom Foye believes that many buyers tend to look at houses with rose-colored glasses. Consequently, they end up feeling cheated.
See also: spectacle
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Sadly I think she has viewed history through a very large set of rose tinted spectacles.
A huge thanks to the ignorant right wingers who made this happen but also to the senior citizens in their rose tinted spectacles who voted leave to reinstate the vision of a long gone pre-war world.
In taking this view they, and EEF, are not looking at the EU through rose tinted spectacles.
Join in the bee and butterfly campaign Come on lads and lasses It's time to raise our glasses And time to be aware Of all of our nature everywhere Rose tinted spectacles are allowed, too, To make up for only spotting a few Shades can be worn by those who are cool In this campaign there are no strict rules We enjoy their colours and jars of honey But don't think about just making money They've got nothing these beautiful insects And we should treat them with the respect Get your boots on all you lads and lasses It's time to aim higher and learn in classes I like to wander and find my way Which species will I find today?
DEAR Editor, The article headed 'Airport job hopes raise a few ghosts' (Post, April 10) caused me to reflect that maybe I'm not the only reader who has grown very cynical towards the Post's relentless cockeyed s optimist, rose tinted spectacles, opinion-forming propaganda.
I expect people might think I would say that but I don't usually come in with rose tinted spectacles.
On one stall, they were giving out rose tinted spectacles, and I took a pair and went off to try them at the Pier Head.
Even if you have owned some exotic wheels later in life, the usually wheezing old banger that eased you into the cut and thrust of everyday motoring remains a lasting memory viewed through heavily rose tinted spectacles, writes IAN JOHNSON.
He did not take a romanticised or rose tinted spectacles view.
IT IS almost reassuring to see that staunch Labour apologist Rob Pocock is spouting his usual nonsense, the situation seen surely as only he sees it, through his red rose tinted spectacles.
Take off the rose tinted spectacles and see things as they are not as they used to be.
We are stuck in the 1980s, aspects of Thatcherism are adhered to by UK business as though written in stone and they are supported by a media which views the Thatcher years through rose tinted spectacles.
The businessman on arrival at Newcastle International Airport will have his first impressions of the area, so please Mr Laws, take off the rose tinted spectacles.
This obsession at looking to the past through rose tinted spectacles is just Liverpool reverting to type.
It seems clear to me that Mr Cullen is living in a bygone age and even so still sees everything through rose tinted spectacles.