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put (something) in(to) perspective

To clarify, appraise, or assess the true value, importance, or significance of something. Seeing the devastation caused by a natural disaster like that really puts our petty gripes and problems in perspective, doesn't it? You don't think it's that big a deal? Well, let me put it into perspective for you: each of us will get 10 years in prison if we're caught.
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from my perspective

 and from where I stand; from my point of view; the way I see it
Fig. in my own opinion. Mary: What do you think of all this? Tom: From my perspective, it is just terrible. Bob: From my point of view, this looks like a very good deal. Bill: That's good for you. I stand to lose money on it. Alice: From where I stand, it appears that you're going to have to pay a lot of money to get this matter settled. Sue: I'll pay anything. I just want to get all this behind me.
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*in perspective

within a reasonable view or appraisal. (*Typically: be ~; get something ~; have something ~; put something [into] ~.) Let's try to keep everything in perspective. If we put the matter into perspective, I think we can discuss it reasonably.
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*perspective on something

a way of looking at a situation and determining what is important. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; gain ~; give someone ~.) The jury did not have a good perspective on the crime since some of the evidence had to be ignored. Studying history gives one a perspective on the past.
See also: on, perspective
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Both Plant (2004) and Watts (2005) pointed out that guidance plays a role for both the individual and society--a classic pair of perspectives.
Unique to the learning perspectives within the milieu of structured interrogations, rationalizations for the crimes are part of the criminal's learning process.
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Given the interesting mix of frameworks contained within the text, the inadequate use of disability and sexual orientation perspectives is perplexing.
But this conclusion does not differ substantively from Francisco Rico's classic study of multiple perspectives in the picaresque.
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The variety of critical perspectives that these essays offer (poststructuralism, new historicism, feminism, and cultural studies) enables McDowell to resist situating herself within a particular theoretical perspective.
In my own research and teaching, I attempt to bring these perspectives to bear on the history of this profession.
To many of us outside the Forest Service, tthe New Perspectives program, begun in 1990, was an exciting initiative plan promoting innovation within the agency, but it was difficult to grasp both in concept and in terms of what it really meant on the ground.
However, through different perspectives, these individual narratives provide a balanced and interesting picture of the whole.
But a new study of people in the United States and India finds that at least three distinct moral perspectives exist, shaped largely by culture.
What will you do when it's crucial that your audience understands, from their different perspectives, exactly what you mean?