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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And big picture, of course, getting to contract No. Albert Breer,, "Pat Shurmur Believes In Eli Manning. Will the Giants Believe Too?," 10 May 2018 The axis of Gemini-Sagittarius helps us focus on both the big picture (Sag) and the details (Gemini)., "Your Horoscope This Week," 27 May 2018 The big picture: There have been five other cases since 1950 when seats have opened within 150 days of a midterm election. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Everyone needs time to go offline and think big picture. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "The Business of Feeling Good," 11 July 2018 The big picture: San Diego County’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent in April, when adjusted for seasonal swings, said Lynn Reaser, chief economist for the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University. Phillip Molnar,, "San Diego unemployment approaches record low as region adds 32,100 jobs," 18 May 2018 For many female athletes, the bigger picture includes issues like maternity leave and child care that would have seemed nonessential — even ludicrous — when Zvonareva, now 33, was just another teen flag-bearer in the WTA Tour’s youth parade. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Mothers in Tennis Grow in Influence," 9 July 2018 While Ailes focused on the big picture--how to frame the day's events, who to attack or support--Shine managed the details of running the network. Paul Farhi And Felicia Sonmez,, "Former Fox News executive Bill Shine joins Trump White House as deputy chief of staff for communications," 5 July 2018 As the historical big picture takes shape, the narrative returns frequently to the microcosm of the train station. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Detroit: Comeback City' documentary is personal, and that's a good thing," 1 July 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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