big picture

noun, often capitalized B&P

Definition of big picture

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

Examples of big picture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How problems that seem so large in our day-to-day lives are not really that important in the big picture. oregonlive, "Reflections, renewal and resolutions in the age of the coronavirus: Tom Hallman at large," 29 Mar. 2020 Overall, in the big picture, everyone just wants everyone to have same protocol. Ben Thomas |, al, "‘Holding pattern:’ Examining what is next for HS football, other sports during school closure," 27 Mar. 2020 In the big picture, wolf populations rise and fall on their prey and the prey depends on habitat. Ben Long, Outdoor Life, "Finding a Middle Ground on Wolves and Wolf Management," 6 Mar. 2020 The problem is not standing or benefits or burdens or doctor certification concerns, or not in the big picture. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "SCOTUS abortion case tests order in the John Roberts court," 4 Mar. 2020 Regardless of what Miller really thought about Dykes’ commentary, the fact was that in the big picture, the UA coach was fairly positive about his team. Bruce Pascoe, azcentral, "Arizona Wildcats healthier, looking to improve heading into game against Omaha," 10 Dec. 2019 Logo placement is a small thing in the big picture, and consumers probably won’t mind enough to change their spending habits. Phil Rosenthal,, "Column: Nike’s swoosh placement on the front of MLB uniforms is garish but unavoidable," 9 Dec. 2019 In the big picture, Leake still represents perhaps one of the more positive developments in what has become a disappointing season for Maryland, which has lost six straight games after opening the year with a 3-2 record. Edward Lee,, "Maryland’s Javon Leake eager to prove his three fumbles Saturday were a fluke: ‘I know I’m better than that’," 27 Nov. 2019 The 6 Most Unexpected Celebrity Trends of the Year By Christian AllaireNovember 27, 2019 Trends ebb and flow on the runways every season, but looking at the bigger picture, 2019 was the year of unexpected trends. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Go Bold or Go Home! The 6 Most Unexpected Celebrity Trends of the Year," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of big picture

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big picture was in 1904

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4 Apr 2020

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“Big picture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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