Definition of look on the black side in US English:

look on the black side

phrase

informal
  • View a situation pessimistically.

    • ‘Then I saw that I was only looking on the black side and started thinking of the fact that escape is always possible.’
    • ‘Roland points out that she's looking on the black side again; Shane could also be better by tomorrow.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘You shouldn't always look on the black side if you haven't heard from someone for a while though.’
    • ‘A suspicious mind always looks on the black side of things.’
    • ‘But, notwithstanding my determination to look on the black side of things, life isn't uniformly bad.’
    • ‘You tend to look on the black side of everything, see the worst in yourself, in your life and your future.’
    • ‘Try not to be depressed or look on the black side of things, because that might affect your personal well-being.’
    • ‘My advice to anyone who has kidney failure is not to be pessimistic and don't look on the black side.’
    • ‘We bankers are a conservative lot, we tend to 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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