on the bright side

Definition of on the bright side

US
used to refer to the good part of something that is mostly bad
  • He lost the race, but on the bright side, he didn't get hurt.
  • Your cat is very sick right now, but try to look on the bright side. She can be treated with medicine.

Word by Word Definitions

bright play
  1. : radiating or reflecting light : shining, sparkling

  2. : sunny

  3. : illustrious, glorious

  1. : a color of high saturation : a bright (see 1bright 4) color

side play
  1. : the right or left part of the wall or trunk of the body

  2. : one of the halves of the animal body on either side of the median plane

  3. : a cut of meat including that about the ribs of one half of the body

  1. : situated on the side

  2. : of or relating to the side

  3. : directed toward or from the side

  1. : to agree with : support

  2. : to be side by side with

  3. : to set or put aside : clear away

  1. : swaggering or arrogant manner : pretentiousness


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