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- rose-coloured glasses (non-US)
- rose-tinted glasses, rose-colored lenses
- rose-coloured spectacles, rose-tinted spectacles (Britain)
Phrase appears as early as 1830 according to OED.
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- (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.
- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: glasses that are tinted in a pink or rose shade.
overly optimistic perception of something