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 Needs to really the big, the big picture utility problems. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 17 June 2022 And the thing is that there's a lot of Supreme Court precedent on First Amendment and all this stuff, sort of big picture speech issues. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 The Chinese government needs to do a better job of assessing the impact of policy decisions that affect the big picture issues. Russell Flannery, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Which brings us back to another big picture problem, summed up neatly by Cad Bane expressing puzzlement at Boba’s angle here. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2022 The map below shows the big picture view of whether a school district enrolled more or fewer students than last year, and a comparison of this year and the 2019-20 school year, pre-pandemic. al, 31 Dec. 2021 Richardson urged policymakers to focus on vaccines, testing and boosters on the health front as well as big picture investments in the economy, including training workforces and boosting the availability of affordable childcare. Matt Egan, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 The industry still has many challenges, including establishing consistency in safety and sanitization protocols at venues and events around the world, solving the pricing puzzle, and big picture inclusivity and sustainability objectives. Chris Willman, Variety, 13 Dec. 2021 In the incessant and often fawning mainstream media coverage of renewable energy technologies, in particular wind and solar power, the big picture in global energy affairs is left out. Tilak Doshi, Forbes, 10 June 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

28 Jun 2022

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“Big picture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20picture. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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