rose-coloured spectacles

rose-coloured 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-coloured 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-coloured spectacles. You need to take off your rose-coloured spectacles for a moment and realise that there are serious problems in the world that need fixing.
See also: spectacle
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could make you view romance through rose-coloured spectacles. Don't be fooled by your partner's quiet mood.
A desire to be needed could make you view romance through rose-coloured spectacles. Don't be fooled by your partner's quiet mood.
The pity is that the elusive 'political will' - of which the Foreign Office spokesmen once talked with so much fervour - turned out to be no more solid than a mirage that is visible only through rose-coloured spectacles. One must not forget that it is this very (elusive nature of the) political will that has been the bane of all constructive moves in the past towards the ephemeral goal of peace, harmony and cooperation in South Asia.
Perhaps he/she should take off their rose-coloured spectacles and face a few facts.
Driving with both the rose-coloured spectacles and the safety net.
Were they remembering the original run through rose-coloured spectacles? Absolutely not.
Would it match their hopes, and were they remembering the original run through rose-coloured spectacles? Absolutely not.
"One of the veiled girls called me an apostate before slapping me," said Jebali from behind huge rose-coloured spectacles. "It's not normal to have to suffer this in 2013."
Although the movie is doing heavy box office business, not all conservative reviews are through rose-coloured spectacles. The American Spectator, for example, fears that 2016 creates bogeymen where it actually didn't need to:
Sorry, Mr Norwood, but you are obviously looking at the situation through rose-coloured spectacles. And before you jump to any conclusion, I do not support this coalition Government either.
Assessing it accurately is important, but often opinions differ with many clerks of courses tending to view it through rose-coloured spectacles. As Richard Hughes pointed out in his column a few weeks ago it is a frustrating issue.
We, in whose name wars are waged, should not be forcibly issued rose-coloured spectacles. AP was right to publish the picture and, in order for us to wake up to awfulness of combat, I wish there were more of them.
Referring to the lack of appetite to reform the CoLA system of index-linking wages, the public deficit, the application of makeshift solutions, and the Qatar investment saga, he added that the government was still "seeing things through rose-coloured spectacles".
I agree that we can often look back on the "good old days" with rose-coloured spectacles. All too often, things in the past will seem better than they really were.
Mike Jeffries, clearly wishes there were not quite so many rose-coloured spectacles north of the border.