rose-colored glasses

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Phrase appears as early as 1830 according to OED.[1]


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rose-colored glasses pl (plural only) (American spelling)

  1. (idiomatic) An optimistic perception of something; a positive opinion; seeing something in a positive way, often thinking of it as better than it actually is.
    • 2020 October 13, Beatrice Loayza, “Jack London gets an Italian makeover in the tragic and romantic Martin Eden”, in AV Club:
      Such captivating beauty corresponds to our protagonist’s naive idealism, and the rose-colored glasses through which he views an upper-crust world of dandies and refined intellectuals.
  2. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: glasses that are tinted in a pink or rose shade.

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  1. ^ “rose-tinted spectacles”, in[1], Farlex, Inc, 2015, archived from the original on 13 June 2021, retrieved 5 June 2022