It means that the outlook for immigration reform will only get bleaker.
In the Districts—the cities and towns of New York—the reality is bleaker.
That Chenoweth would be suited to a role that channels the bleaker parts of her past should come as no surprise.
Of course it's pretty hard to see the regime compromising, but other avenues are bleaker still.
We forded it without accident, and, crossing a loftier and bleaker range, came down into the valley of the Marchan.
Greg's face was bleaker than usual as he turned from the board to look at Russ.
A child of sunny France, she languished under the bleaker New England skies.
The bleaker the situation, so it is near a stream border, the better the cassiope loves it.
Hadria suffered from a gnawing home-sickness; a longing for the rougher, bleaker scenery of the North.
They reached Waterville an hour later, and they found it even smaller and bleaker than they expected.
c.1300, "pale," from Old Norse bleikr "pale, whitish, blond," from Proto-Germanic *blaika- "shining, white," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Later "bare, windswept" (1530s). Sense of "cheerless" is c.1719 figurative extension. The same Germanic root produced Old English blac "pale," but this died out, probably from confusion with blæc "black;" however bleak persisted, with a sense of "bare" as well as "pale."