not see the wood for the trees

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of not see the wood for the trees

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

Word by Word Definitions

see play
  1. : to perceive by the eye

  2. : to perceive or detect as if by sight

  3. : to have experience of : undergo

  1. : cathedra

  2. : a cathedral town

  3. : a seat of a bishop's office, power, or authority

wood play
  1. : violently mad

  1. : a dense growth of trees usually greater in extent than a grove and smaller than a forest

  2. : woodland

  3. : the hard fibrous substance consisting basically of xylem that makes up the greater part of the stems, branches, and roots of trees or shrubs beneath the bark and is found to a limited extent in herbaceous plants

  1. : wooden

  2. : suitable for cutting or working with wood

  3. : living, growing, or existing in woods

  1. : to gather or take on wood

  2. : to cover with a growth of trees or plant with trees

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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