Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

paint a picture (of something)

paint a picture of something
1) describe or show something in a particular way
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    • paint a rosy/grim picture of the situation
  • Analysis

    To paint a picture of something is an idiom which means to describe something or to create an idea of something in a descriptive or elaborate way which allows the listener to visualise what you are speaking about. To paint a picture can also mean to describe or show something in a particular light or in a specific way, for example; 'This report does not paint a positive picture for our customers'.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. In his book, the author paints a disturbing picture of what life in that country was like during the civil war.
    2. My mother's description of what school was like when she was young does not paint a pretty picture.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Our last financial results painted a pretty grim picture of the future of the business, but we have bounced back since then.
    2. The CEO annoyed everyone at the AGM by painting a rosy a picture of the company despite the impending job cuts.
    3. Kevin didn't exactly paint a flattering picture when speaking about his boss. I think it's only a matter of time before he takes up a position elsewhere.
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