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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
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7%) are relatively evenly spread across the 3 NRM Regions but this is probably an underestimate as many Hydrosol occurrences are small in area and hence are not mappable.
81) As Asals suggests, quoting Rosemund Tuve, the equivocal via media of the Caroline church is mappable along thresholds - between heaven and earth, skepticism and dogmatism, reformed spirituality and sacred ceremony, the possible and impossible - with its liturgical practices occupying "'that gap between what truth is, and how man perceives it.
Moreover, to achieve the same level of reproducibility as the new array, RNA-Seq would require 150 million mappable reads for genes and 200 million for exons (3711).
She reports that such crime is known to be underreported and, in the case of sexual violence, is not mappable in a meaningful way as these crimes often occur in the home and not out in public spaces.
We next evaluated the sample-to-sample consistency of sequence coverage within the mappable targeted region.
Pushpin provides name-brand mappable data via API, including demographic and lifestyle indicators from ESRI.
Along the outcrop belt, a mappable system of paleovalleys is present, which exhibit the high erosional relief associated with headland construction.
One is the locally derived Beaver River Till that has been subdivided into three mappable units based on a number of different criteria including dominant clast type, matrix composition/texture, and geochemistry: (1) slate facies; (2) metasandstone facies; and (3) granite facies (Stea and Finck 2001).
Previous studies have identified one mappable unit of coarse-grained granitic rock, and as many as three mappable units of fine-grained granitic rock.
As technology improvements continue to be made and prices of hardware and software come down dramatically, we hope to see an increase in the capacity of community-based agencies collecting mappable data, as well as increased government effort to systematize the mappable data elements/performance measures required from their grantees.
The panel -- which targets a multitude of supply chain logistics applications -- features a fully mappable and simplified keyboard that is designed for specialized tasks within intermodal facilities and complements the full QWERTY keyboard version of the LXE Thor computer, which was launched in March.
The new mapping (references above) led to the identification of regionally mappable divisions within the traditional Goldenville and Halifax formations, thus meeting the requirement of the stratigraphic code for the establishment of formations (North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature 2005).
Pushpin provides name-brand mappable data via API, including demographic and lifestyle indicators from ESRI and Claritas, and now neighborhood boundaries from Urban Mapping.