rose-tinted spectacles

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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Friendships that are really important as we have grown up together, reminisce about "the good old days", we do wear rose-tinted spectacles now and have slowed to a comfortable pace when out walking
YOUR recent article on Spain in the 1930s has been written looking through rose-tinted spectacles.
He added: "There are some rose-tinted spectacles about teams that have been put out by both countries over the years.
So I wondered, as we went in to review the restaurant, whether we might have remembered it with rose-tinted spectacles.
And when that person isn't there any more, the tendency is to put on those rose-tinted spectacles and focus on all the good things you remember about them.
I think he is looking at the past through slightly rose-tinted spectacles.
It has a reputation for being an artistic, bohemian place but a lot of that is looking through rose-tinted spectacles," he said.
A pair of rose-tinted spectacles was among the late Jimmy Savile's belongings that were auctioned yesterday
Prepare to have those rose-tinted spectacles snatched off your head and stomped all over.
London, Nov 17 (ANI): A news study has found that brains of happy people appear to respond more strongly to positive things in their environment than others, explaining why some folk seem to go about wearing rose-tinted spectacles.
You will always get those who sit and watch games through rose-tinted spectacles.
But not being one-eyed, not wearing rose-tinted spectacles, I still, still believe that this is a very, very good England side, a very powerful England side.
From the first page, one enters her world, which she sees not through rose-tinted spectacles but through the clear sight of hard-won experience.