in the scheme of things

in the scheme of things

in a general view of the situation She just got here and hasn't figured out where she belongs in the scheme of things.
Usage notes: often used with the adjectives grand, larger, or overall, usually to suggest that something is not very important: A two-week delay will not matter in the overall scheme of things.
See also: of, scheme, thing
References in classic literature ?
They occupied an intermediate place in the scheme of things, and they were to be watched in case they did not keep their place.
The man looked curiously about him on all sides, as one who among familiar surroundings is unable to determine his exact place and part in the scheme of things.
It was entirely owing to this deficiency in the scheme of things that Arthur had ever brought any one into trouble besides himself.
I wasn't going to write my protest letter until I read his article because I felt my sentiments would not be important in the scheme of things.