grand scheme

grand scheme

The long term; the complete picture of something. Typically used in the phrase "in the grand scheme of things." I know you're worried about getting a bad grade on this test, but you're such a great student that I doubt it will matter in the grand scheme of things.
See also: grand, scheme
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In a grand scheme of things, she's just a pawn to the intricate political game waged by the current administration.
Only one of them -- Dembele (left) -- would get into a mid-table Premier League squad right now, so in the grand scheme of things they aren't really going to take either club on to a higher level.
I know in the grand scheme of things it isn't up there with life and death but I've just discovered that drinking prosecco rots your teeth.
The fans will get a day out but in the grand scheme of where Rangers want to be, it matters little.
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In this final episode, everyone seems to be playing along with his grand scheme, apart from Freddie, who realises the truth.
The Toffees travel to the King Power Stadium without a win in pre-season - but Jagielka insists that results overthe last five matches are unimportant in the grand scheme - but Jagielka insists that results over the last five matches are unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
Ninth place may not sound much in the grand scheme of things, but to a team like Marussia such a position would effectively be as good as winning the title.
Most of us would have to be in a drug-induced coma to buy into this, but in former Dem guv wannabe Jackie Cilley's grand scheme of things, she wins her bid for NH House seat and then by popular acclaim is elected speaker by a vibrant Dem majority.
I'll leave it to the scholars to discuss what this means in the grand scheme of biblical power struggles (or not, whatever).
In the grand scheme of things it won't make a huge difference.
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So far, Nokia's Lumia smartphones have been relatively small in the grand scheme of the things.
But in the grand scheme of school money-grabbing tactics, asking for a deposit now for next year isn't that unreasonable.