in a bad light

in a bad light
in a bad/new/different/etc light phrase
used for talking about people’s opinion of a particular person or thing
see someone/​something in a ... light:

It was an incident that made me see him in a completely different light.

show someone/​something in a ... light:

Most of the articles about the dispute showed the mayor in a very bad light.

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Main entry: light

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in ˌa good, bad, favourable, etc. ˈlight idiom
if you see sth or put sth in a good, bad, etc. light, it seems good, bad, etc

You must not view what happened in a negative light.

They want to present their policies in the best possible light.

Main entry:lightidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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