in the (grand) scheme of things

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in the (grand) scheme of things

In the long term; in the complete picture of something. 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.
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in the scheme of things

COMMON People use in the scheme of things to describe how important one thing is when compared to everything else in a situation or how one thing relates to the other things in a situation. These aches and pains are annoying, but not very serious in the scheme of things. To enter into the adult world, we must have an understanding of our place in the scheme of things. Note: People often put words such as greater, grand or whole before scheme with the same meaning. In the grand scheme of things, Hertz was a small player.
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But I think the problem is that it's hard to reconcile ourselves with the level of success we've achieved, which is really limited in the grand scheme of things, but still far beyond anything we expected.
However, for insect species in which the adults don't fly, "dispersal in bird guts might be more important in the grand scheme of things.
Being together as a team, going through some tough things and some tough losses and some life lessons, which is not to minimize what we are really here for, but in the grand scheme of things, those are life's lessons.
landfills and to solve other problems the EPA admits "rank relatively low" in the grand scheme of things.
Developers know that building accessibility into websites is the right thing to do, but in the grand scheme of things it often gets pushed down on the priority list," said Jakob Nielsen, Web usability expert and principal of Nielsen Norman Group, "We have to make it easier to do good or companies will continue to build bad websites.
This is a misfit in the grand scheme of things,'' said Eleanor Helin, a JPL planetary astronomer and the NEAT principal investigator, in a statement.