big picture

noun, often capitalized B&P

Definition of big picture

: the entire perspective on a situation or issue used with the

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Think big picture: Create a weekly work/life check-in to ensure that your daily choices reflect your priorities. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Actually Get Through Your To-Do List," 28 Dec. 2018 The book is framed as a postmortem of the 2016 presidential election, but is in fact a sweeping account of the big picture in American politics over the last several decades. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 As an air sign, Libra is more concerned with the bigger picture in life, often skimming over the practical everyday details. Alice Bell, Vogue, "The Best Gifts for Every Astrological Sign on Your List," 26 Nov. 2018 Working together to make the best decisions for their clients, each member draws on their own background and areas of expertise to create a wealth management plan that captures the big picture without missing any details. Jessica Levy,, "Truepoint Wealth Counsel prices peace of mind to employees and clients alike," 8 June 2018 His wealth of experience and team-building skills enables him to thread the big picture with a hands-on promotional rapport that will translate into long-term success stories for our artists. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Dontay Thompson Joins Epic Records as Senior VP, Rhythm/Crossover Promotion," 22 May 2018 So here’s the big picture on how artificial intelligence might pose a catastrophic threat, in nine questions: 1) What is AI? Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity," 21 Dec. 2018 Look at the big picture and don’t fight the wrong war. WSJ, "Peter Navarro Misses a Few Trade Principles," 5 Aug. 2018 The anti-wind crowd in Ocean City needs to see the big picture. Dan Rodricks,, "Rodricks: Wind resistance in Ocean City is ludicrous," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of big picture

1904, in the meaning defined above

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