paint/draw a picture of

idiom

: to create an idea or understanding of (something or someone) through words, facts, etc.
The author paints a disturbing picture of life in the camp.
These statistics draw a clear picture of how the population is aging.

Examples of paint/draw a picture of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ancient footprints preserved for 80,000 years on a beach in France paint a picture of a Neanderthal community’s members and movements. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2024 Those numbers paint a picture of a high-achieving demographic that is well-suited for success in academic competitions. Ben Nuckols, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 May 2024 But interviews with executives, shareholders and former employees paint a picture of a company that might have a shot at remaking its fortunes after turning the notorious adversary into a partner. Ashleigh Furlong, Fortune Europe, 21 May 2024 While the defense is trying to paint a picture of a simple business relationship between Trump and Daniels, the prosecution is focussed on presenting jurors with the image of a sprawling election-interference scheme. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 3 May 2024 Authorities paint a picture of a network of associates, some blood relatives, traveling across Europe by bus with library cards sometimes under assumed names to scout rare Russian books, make high-quality copies, then swap them for the originals, case files reviewed by The New York Times reveal. Rachel Donadio, New York Times, 1 May 2024 These stories of frustration paint a picture of young people’s attitudes toward trying to enter the workforce. Bysasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 Video of the ship, emergency radio transmissions and analysis from maritime veterans paint a picture of a disastrous scenario. Rich Schapiro, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024 The court filing includes text messages that paint a picture of how FirstEnergy relied on Randazzo to craft legislation that benefited FirstEnergy and fend off an audit or rate case that might have cost the company money. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 1 Apr. 2024

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“Paint/draw a picture of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paint%2Fdraw%20a%20picture%20of. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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