big picture

noun, often capitalized B&P

Definition of big picture 

: the entire perspective on a situation or issue used with the

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What’s the role of negative emissions in the big picture? David Roberts, Vox, "Climate change policy can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to the policies that work.," 30 Nov. 2018 The bigger picture is more complicated This story isn’t as simple as buying a pair of Girlfriend Collective leggings and giving yourself a pat on the back. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Why brands are making new clothes out of old plastic," 24 Oct. 2018 So in terms of what the big picture is, your take away is from today. Fox News, "Kavanaugh's high school friend reacts to fiery testimony," 28 Sep. 2018 While the tampon tax is problematic for those who cannot afford to maintain menstrual hygiene, the bigger picture is that the rights of menstruators are being compromised. Audrey Huang, Teen Vogue, "Why We Want California's Tampon Tax Out," 3 Aug. 2018 Even those who have been negatively affected by violence in the US have urged people to see the bigger picture. Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor, "International students to US: Do you really want us?," 2 July 2018 Another key element of project management involves keeping an eye on the big picture. The Seattle Times, "Northwest leans on good project management for success," 21 Aug. 2018 Although Pisces, the sign opposite to you in the zodiac, can be silly and lack your discernment, their focus on the bigger picture gently encourages you to let go of stress that you’re known to hold onto. Ashley Otero, Teen Vogue, "Who You Should Date, Based on Your Horoscope," 20 Aug. 2018 For a team that has always focused on the big picture, losing is starting to wear on them. Chris Fedor,, "Tristan Thompson: Cavaliers need to play for each other on the court, don't have to like one another off it," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of big picture

1904, in the meaning defined above

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