out of the picture

out of the picture

Fig. no longer relevant to a situation; departed; dead. Now that Tom is out of the picture, we needn't concern ourselves about his objections. With her husband out of the picture, she can begin living as she pleases.
See also: of, out, picture

out of the picture

to not be involved in a situation With the national government out of the picture, local leaders will have to work out a solution.
Related vocabulary: out of the loop
See also: of, out, picture

out of the picture

mod. no longer relevant to a situation; departed; dead. Now that Tom is out of the picture, we needn’t concern ourselves about his objections.
See also: of, out, picture
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Coliseum officials continue to occupy themselves with negotiations for a new lease with the state, and on talks with USC, which has expressed interest in running the facility if the NFL is out of the picture.
With Luke now out of the picture, one of the final available spots on the roster will be awarded to either Phil Nevin, Orlando Palmeiro or Chris Pritchett.