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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Thus, Inslee’s influence extended from the big picture to the tiny details. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Jay Inslee’s failed presidential bid has been vindicated," 5 Sep. 2019 General Manager Chris Grier really should have been front and center Sunday to address the big picture of these moves. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Crank the tank and embrace the losing (no matter what the Dolphins are saying) | Commentary," 1 Sep. 2019 That means helping her clients focus on the big picture, not just their symptoms. Jeremy Bradley, CBS News, "From a dire diagnosis to a new mission in life," 25 July 2019 Every year, a group of researchers publishes updated estimates of the activity of all the different parts of the carbon cycle, doing the math that helps show how human-caused CO2 emissions fit into the big picture. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The oceans absorbed extra CO₂ in the 2000s," 31 May 2019 Climate lab director Timmons Roberts says the study’s ideas can be applied to other states because the big picture is largely the same, due to natural gas leakage. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 The bigger picture to my father was always his family, and the Warriors had become his family. Alvin Attles Iii, The Mercury News, "On the occasion of his father’s induction into the basketball Hall of Fame, a son pays tribute," 6 Sep. 2019 The big picture for these companies is that the deployment of high-capacity fiber-optic cables will ultimately improve connectivity and likely make internet costs much cheaper, allowing more Africans to get—and stay—connected. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Google and Facebook are circling Africa with huge undersea cables to get millions online," 1 July 2019 The big picture is that at about this writing the economy is at its longest modern expansion, which transcends this president. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Is there an economic argument against Trump that Democrats can make?," 21 June 2019

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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