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all over the map

1. Spread out or scattered over a great distance. I love how people from all over the map make their way to this bar for a drink.
2. In or having a great number and variety. Public opinion is all over the map for the governor, so it's hard to know how she'll do in the next election.
3. Unorganized or scattered in thinking, communication, or planning. I tried to get a sense of John's plan for the project, but he seems all over the map with it.
See also: all, map

the map is not the territory

A person or thing is completely separate from the judgments or perceptions that people place upon it. The phrase was coined by US semanticist Alfred Korzybski. I know you dislike Ed because of how he acted in that meeting, but you don't actually know him. Just keep in mind that the map is not the territory, OK?
See also: map, not, territory

map something out

to plot something out carefully, usually on paper. I have a good plan. I will map it out for you. I will map out the plan for you.
See also: map, out

put something on the map

Fig. to make some place famous or popular. The good food you serve here will really put this place on the map. Nothing like a little scandal to put an otherwise sleepy town on the map.
See also: map, on, put

fall off the map

also drop off the map
to stop being known or considered That team played in the World Series for three or four years in a row, but then they dropped off the map.
See also: fall, map, off

map out something

also map something out
to decide in detail how something will be done She is mapping out lesson plans for teachers who work with below-average readers. When we mapped it out before we began this project, we thought we would be finished by now.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of map out (to use a map to plan a trip)
See also: map, out

put something on the map

to make something famous The Macintosh operating system put Apple computers on the map.
See also: map, on, put

wipe somewhere off the map

to cause a place to stop existing The flood of 1965 almost wiped the town off the map.
See also: map, off, wipe

[blow/bomb/wipe etc.] something/swh off the map

to destroy something completely, especially with bombs At least eight Spanish warships were blown off the map.
See also: blow, map, off

put swh/something/somebody on the map

to make a place, thing, or person famous The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition of 1909 put Seattle on the map. If Newcastle United win the championship it will really put them back on the map as far as European football is concerned.
See also: map, on, put

put on the map

Make famous, publicize, as in The incident got on the national news and put our community on the map. This expression, alluding to a locality that formerly was too small to put on a map, dates from the early 1900s.
See also: map, on, put

wipe off the map

Also, wipe off the face of the earth. Eliminate completely, as in Some day we hope to wipe malaria off the map. This idiom uses wipe in the sense of "obliterate," and map and face of the earth in the sense of "everywhere."
See also: map, off, wipe

map out

1. To plan something explicitly: Let's map out a way to accomplish this project. We mapped the trip out so we wouldn't get lost.
2. To incorporate or lay out some set of things into an explicit map, plan, or order: I've mapped out the beginning and end of each project on this timeline. The houses on these city blocks have been mapped out for demolition.
See also: map, out


1. n. one’s face. With a map like that, she could really go somewhere.
2. n. sheet music. (see also chart.) I left the map at home. Can I look at yours?

throw a map

tv. to empty one’s stomach; to vomit. Somebody threw a map on the sidewalk.
See also: map, throw

all over the map

1. In, from, or to a variety of places; ubiquitously.
2. Showing great variety; varied or diverse: "Literary nonfiction is all over the map and has been for three hundred years" (William Zinsser).
See also: all, map

put on the map

To make well-known, prominent, or famous.
See also: map, on, put

wipe off the map

To destroy completely; annihilate.
See also: map, off, wipe
References in classic literature ?
Kurt opened out folding chair and table, and rustled for a time with his maps.
Taking a final view of the map, and bearing in mind the statements made with respect to the upraised organic remains, we must feel astonished at the vastness of the areas, which have suffered changes in level either downwards or upwards, within a period not geologically remote.
While those two standing in the middle of the floor were exchanging a few inaudible phrases no one else moved in the room: Laspara, with his back to us, kneeling on the chair, his elbows propped on the big-scale map, the shadowy enormity in the corner, the frankly staring man with the goatee on the sofa, the woman in the red blouse by his side--not one of them stirred.
A short, strange glimpse on the top floor of a great hotel of all places in the world: the great man himself; the motionless great bulk in the corner of the slayer of spies and gendarmes; Yakovlitch, the veteran of ancient terrorist campaigns; the woman, with her hair as white as mine and the lively black eyes, all in a mysterious half-light, with the strongly lighted map of Russia on the table.
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If not, map a few measures yourself as a model and see if they can continue.
This article examines the challenges of creating such a system and explains how Princeton University Library's Digital Map and Geospatial Information Center has designed a system that will allow the library to integrate various forms of geographic information and make them accessible online from one interface.
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Such visual resources bring powerful new dimensions to teaching and learning, and make maps and geography come alive.
The impact of the collaborative efforts of the MAP project is explored below.
The relief map gives a good impression of the area, but no elevations are given.
Arbitrary boundaries (usually administrative areas) are often used to map diseases.
When satellites began orbiting the earth in the 1950s, it became possible to create a highly accurate digital map of the earth's surface.
Historians have wondered whether medieval Europeans were familiar with these Viking travels, and there's evidence that a scribe may have made the Vinland Map for the Council of Basel, a meeting of bishops in Switzerland in the 1430s and 1440s.
Chapter two explores the estate map from the divergent perspectives of landlords and tenants.