bird's-eye view


Definition of bird's-eye view

1 : a view from a high angle as if seen by a bird in flight
2 : an overall or cursory look at something

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The wrangler system is one where ordinary user behavior can be successful, a system which accepts that users periodically need help from someone with a bird's-eye view of the larger picture. Gretchen Mcculloch, WIRED, "Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online," 11 June 2019 Getty Most of us spend our days firmly rooted on terra firma, which means seeing the world from a bird's-eye view is extra special (yet another reason to snag that window seat). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "30 Beautiful Aerial Photographs Taken Around the World," 24 Jan. 2018 That means no bird's-eye views of the Mediterranean sea, no views of Santiago Calatrava's City of Arts and Sciences, and no views of the Miguelete Cathedral. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Valencia Doesn't Want You Renting an Airbnb with a View," 11 May 2018 Your seaplane glides above the Palm Jumeirah and The World, providing a bird's-eye view of Dubai's artificial islands. Jim Berleley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Dubai," 5 Oct. 2016 Police released video last week from a camera atop the Mandalay Bay resort that provided a bird's-eye view of a concert venue where 22,000 country music fans scattered as gunfire rained down from the windows of a hotel room on the 32nd floor. Ken Ritter, Fox News, "Police release more video from officers at Vegas shooting," 13 June 2018 Travel up the Bosphorus for a bird's-eye view of all the beautiful mansions and to understand the massive size of Istanbul. Karen Fedorko Sefer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Istanbul," 5 Oct. 2016 In addition to the 518 audio calls, police released video from a camera atop the Mandalay Bay resort that provided a bird's-eye view of the country music festival where 58 people were killed and hundreds were injured on Oct. 1. CBS News, "Newly released video shows Las Vegas shooting from above," 7 June 2018 Standing on second base, Jonathan Villar had a bird's-eye view of the battle, and could only shake his head and laugh. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything going Brewers' way these days as they hit Memorial Day will full head of steam," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of bird's-eye view

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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