miss the forest for the trees

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of miss the forest for the trees

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to discover or feel the absence of

  3. : to fail to obtain

  1. : disadvantage or regret resulting from loss

  2. : a failure to hit

  3. : a failure to attain a desired result

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

  2. 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

  3. : young lady

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

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

  3. : something resembling a forest especially in profusion or lushness

  1. : to cover with trees or forest

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

  2. : a shrub or herb of arborescent form

  3. : something in the form of or resembling a tree: such as

  1. : to drive to or up a tree

  2. : to put into a position of extreme disadvantage : corner

  3. : to furnish or fit (a shoe) with a tree


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