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bright side

A favorable or hopeful aspect, as in Bob is inclined to look on the bright side of everything. This idiom uses bright in the sense of “lit up with gladness or hope.” [ First half of 1800s ]
Also see: glass is half full
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  • Tom checked with the others by the radio in his helmet, and started moving back toward the center of the bright side.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • It is the same with all acts and happenings—there is a bright side and a dark side.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • After all, you have shown only the dark side of an establishment with servants, and the bright side of the other way of living.

    Household Papers and Stories Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • For the bright side of the painting I had a limited sympathy.

  • The principle of intolerance which was in them, and which led them to so many cruel acts, showed here its bright side.

    The Apostles Ernest Renan

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