in the grand scheme of things

in the grand/great scheme of things

if you say that in the grand scheme of things something is not important, you mean that it is not important when compared to much more serious things In the grand scheme of things, whether another actress has her navel pierced is not really that significant.
See also: grand, of, scheme, thing
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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.