big picture


often capitalized B&P
: the entire perspective on a situation or issue
used with the

Examples of big picture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web James Michael Juarez Originally, the big, grand living room featured heavy stucco and a big picture window that had sustained water damage throughout the years. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 That left no room for other discussion this week at UCLA, nor any reflection from Kelly on the Bruins’ big picture. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 For example, in the Americas, employees were asked to upload their own personal purpose to start a conversation around how every employee contributed to the big picture goals for the organization. Ted Kitterman, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 Instead, McCoy suggests doubling down on your financial goals and focusing on the big picture. Tanza Loudenback,, 16 Oct. 2023 And then our big picture is always…the big get is Beyoncé. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 3 Nov. 2023 These are daring attempts to map the larger structures that shape how books are written and published, but their attention to the big picture can obscure how novels operate on a visceral, textual level. Kevin Lozano, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2023 This fan nods along, choosing to believe the big picture for Riley’s program is as bright as ever. J. Brady McCollough, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 In an interview, Carvalho said the 11th-grade scores seemed like an anomaly — welcome news, but difficult to explain and perhaps not meaningful in the big picture. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of big picture was in 1904

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“Big picture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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