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see the glass as half empty
To view a situation as generally worse or less hopeful than might otherwise be perceived; to be pessimistic. When it comes to the state of the world, most people see the glass as half empty. But they forget all the progress that has been made.
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(see the) ˌglass half ˈfull/half ˈemptyused to describe whether somebody has a positive or negative attitude towards something: People are prepared to see the glass half full at the moment rather than half empty. ♢ He’s a glass-half-full type of guy (= he always expects good things to happen).
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