not see the forest for the trees

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Definition of not see the forest for the trees

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

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“Not see the forest for the trees.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20see%20the%20forest%20for%20the%20trees. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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