miss the forest for the trees

Definition of miss the forest for the trees


  1. :  to not understand or appreciate a larger situation, problem, etc., because one is considering only a few parts of it

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to fail to hit, reach, or contact

    :  to discover or feel the absence of

    :  to fail to obtain

  1. :  disadvantage or regret resulting from loss

    :  a failure to hit

    :  a failure to attain a desired result

  1. : used as a title prefixed to the name of an unmarried woman or girl

    : used before the name of a place or of a line of activity or before some epithet to form a title for a usually young unmarried female who is representative of the thing indicated

    :  a young unmarried woman or girl

  1. :  a dense growth of trees and underbrush covering a large tract

    :  a tract of wooded land in England formerly owned by the sovereign and used for game

    :  something resembling a forest especially in profusion or lushness

  1. :  to cover with trees or forest

treeplay trees
  1. :  a woody perennial plant having a single usually elongate main stem generally with few or no branches on its lower part

    :  a shrub or herb of arborescent form

    :  a piece of wood (such as a post or pole) usually adapted to a particular use or forming part of a structure or implement

  1. :  to drive to or up a tree

    :  to put into a position of extreme disadvantage :  corner

    :  to bring to bay

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