in the picture, be

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in the picture, be

Understand, be informed about or be involved in a particular situation or activity. For example, The new ambassador wanted to be in the picture for every event, small or large. This term is also used in such locutions as put someone in the picture, meaning "to inform or include someone," as in Put me in the picture about the new staff, or out of the picture, meaning "to be left ignorant of or excluded from some activity," as in The local authorities were out of the picture when it came to drug dealers. [Early 1900s] Also see get the message (picture).
References in classic literature ?
A general glance at the picture could never suggest that there was a hair trunk in it; the Hair Trunk is not mentioned in the title even--which is, "Pope Alexander III.
It was likewise affirmed that a familiar spirit or demon abode behind the blackness of the picture, and had shown himself, at seasons of public calamity, to more than one of the royal governors.
The sale was illegal; you can pay him back his money and force him to give the picture up.
I was only going to ask if you had painted it yourself,' said I, sulkily resigning the picture into her hands; for without a grain of ceremony she took it from me; and quickly restoring it to the dark corner, with its face to the wall, placed the other against it as before, and then turned to me and laughed.
I never saw the picture until a couple of days ago, when I found it in the tent of the Swede, Malbihn.
But in the picture there are many sun-dogs, and it comes into my mind to call it 'The Sun-Dog Trail.
It will be impossible for anyone who has read this book not to believe in the existence of the pushmi-pullyu, who would be credible enough even were there no drawing of it, but the picture on page 145 settles the matter of his truth once and for all.
I saw the picture abroad, and could not forget it--what's the matter?
If I wish to see any part of the world or any person living, I need only express the wish and it is shown in the picture.
She took the child to her room and said: "Make your wish, dear, and the picture will show the scene you desire to behold.
We were all perfectly satisfied with his performance; but an unfortunate circumstance had not occurred until the picture was finished, which now struck us with dismay.
He said nothing for a time, but stood looking at the picture, while the copyist began actively to dabble with her paint.
The same civilities and courtesies, the same success and satisfaction, took place on the morrow, and accompanied the whole progress of the picture, which was rapid and happy.
It was here that he had spent his boyhood; barely an hour ago the two men had stood before the picture of his father.
Philip passed his hand over the picture as if he wanted to feel the houses and the loose habiliments of the nomads.