表達 「things are looking up」 的意思是 「情況開始改善」 或 「事情有所好轉」。在經歷了一段低谷或一系列負面事件後，情況開始好轉，事情漸有起色時，就可以用這個固定搭配來表示 「情況正在朝積極的方向發展」。
My brother had a terrible start to the year. He broke his leg, his car was stolen and then his girlfriend left him. But things are looking up now – his leg’s much better and he’s just got a promotion.
After a bad couple of years, things are looking up for the company. They’re making a profit again and have hired some new employees.
A: We’ve had an awful winter, haven’t we? It’s been cold and wet and windy for months!
B: Don’t worry! Spring’s round the corner – things are looking up.