to look on the bright side

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • to look on the bright side to focus the attention on favorable aspects of a situation; to minimize attention to possible negative or unfavorable factors in a situation.
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Usage

In literature:

Then he seemed to overcome them and to force himself to look on the bright side.
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
We must submit and endeavour to look on the bright side.
"Rilla of Ingleside" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But I always like to look on the bright side, and so I believe it runs north.
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" by James De Mille
I was only trying to look on the bright side of things in case our plans should fall through.
"The Outdoor Girls at Wild Rose Lodge" by Laura Lee Hope
Robert, though his own heart was heavy, and he felt gloomy and sad, strove to look on the bright side.
"The Real America in Romance, Volume 6;" by John R. Musick
The heart to look on the bright side of every cloud must be born in one.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
When they left her she promised to be as cheerful as possible and to look on the bright side of life.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work" by Edith Van Dyne
Ronald, on the contrary, was accustomed to look on the bright side of objects.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
Try to look on the bright side of things.
"The Princess of the School" by Angela Brazil
While she was trying to look on the bright side one morning, Mrs. Armstrong entered her room.
"Ben's Nugget" by Horatio, Jr. Alger
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In news:

Albert Lea ought to look on the bright side.
Albert Lea ought to look on the bright side .
Why I try to look on the bright side.
Steer chase gives chance to look on the bright side .
I've always tried to look on the bright side.
Steer chase gives chance to look on the bright side.
Jim Inhofe continues to look on the bright side of funding for the low-water dam projects on the Arkansas River.
It's hard for a parent to be with a child who's suffering-but it's hard on kids when their parents push them to look on the bright side.
Look on the bright side – at least you should be able to keep your shoes on.
Barb Gettes and Michael Baker tend to look on the bright side of life.
Without looking at the unknown rooms on either side, she went straight down the dim hall to the door at the far end, a bright oblong of light.
Look on the bright side--at least you're getting exercise as you return (again and again) to the toilet.
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