rose-colored spectacles

plural noun
variants: or rose-colored glasses

Definition of rose-colored spectacles

: optimistic eyes : favorably disposed opinions view the world through rose-colored spectacles

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First Known Use of rose-colored spectacles

1830, in the meaning defined above

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