Definition of look on the black side in English:

look on the black side

phrase

informal
  • View a situation pessimistically.

    • ‘Roland points out that she's looking on the black side again; Shane could also be better by tomorrow.’
    • ‘You tend to look on the black side of everything, see the worst in yourself, in your life and your future.’
    • ‘We bankers are a conservative lot, we tend to look on the black side.’
    • ‘You shouldn't always look on the black side if you haven't heard from someone for a while though.’
    • ‘Are you troubled by negative thoughts - do you feel down a lot of the time - does your mind always look on the black side for the future?’
    • ‘But, notwithstanding my determination to look on the black side of things, life isn't uniformly bad.’
    • ‘A suspicious mind always looks on the black side of things.’
    • ‘Try not to be depressed or look on the black side of things, because that might affect your personal well-being.’
    • ‘Then I saw that I was only looking on the black side and started thinking of the fact that escape is always possible.’
    • ‘My advice to anyone who has kidney failure is not to be pessimistic and don't look on the black side.’
    pessimistic, depressing, downbeat, looking on the black side, disheartening, disappointing, dispiriting, unpromising, unfavourable, bleak, bad, dark, black, sombre, melancholy, saddening, distressing, grim, cheerless, comfortless, hopeless
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