in the picture

in the picture

Informed or up to date (about something); involved in or aware of what is going on. Just make sure you keep the boss in the picture about the status of the project. The kids' father is back in the picture for the moment, but I'm not sure if I can rely on him.
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*in the picture

Fig. well-informed; aware of what is going on. (*Typically: be ~; keep someone ~; put someone~.) Please, keep me fully in the picture. John found out about the plan. He's in the picture, so take care.
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in the picture

1. If someone is in the picture, they are involved in the situation you are talking about. I was in the picture from the beginning. Once the former professor was in the picture, no one ever again attempted to mess with Mitch Johnson.
2. If you are in the picture for something such as a job or a prize, you are likely to get it. The actress is in the picture for an Oscar. He told me that Annabella was back in the picture. She was the best one they could find for the job. Compare with put someone in the picture.
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in the picture

fully informed about something.
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in/out of the ˈpicture

(informal) involved/not involved in a situation: Morris is likely to win, with Jones out of the picture now.
See also: of, out, picture
References in classic literature ?
It was while the travelers were at Fuddlecumjig, and Ozma laughed merrily as she watched in the picture her friends trying to match the pieces of Grandmother Gnit.
So vividly is noise suggested, that spectators who become absorbed in the picture almost always fall to shouting comments in each other's ears, making ear-trumpets of their curved hands, fearing they may not otherwise be heard.
The young woman in the picture had a kind of a nice sweet face, but there was so many arms it made her look too spidery, seemed to me.
But in the picture there are many sun-dogs, and it comes into my mind to call it 'The Sun-Dog Trail.
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.
Instantly the well remembered farmhouse appeared in the picture, and Aunt Em could be seen quite plainly.
The scene in the picture at once shifted to Australia, where, in a pleasant room in Sydney, Uncle Henry was seated in an easy chair, solemnly smoking his briar pipe.
Zeb also wanted to see his home, and although he did not find anyone morning for him, the sight of Hugson's Ranch in the picture made him long to get back there.
In the sculptures of the Greeks, in the masonry of the Romans, and in the pictures of the Tuscan and Venetian masters, the highest charm is the universal language they speak.