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sketch something in

to draw in the image of someone or something. I sketched a figure of a woman in so that she appears to be standing beneath the tree. I'll sketch in the house in the upper left corner.
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sketch something out

to create a rough idea or image of something by sketching or some other means. (Does not necessarily require an actual sketch.) Sally sketched the furniture arrangement out so we could get an idea of what it was to look like. Would you sketch out your ideas, please?
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a thumbnail sketch

a brief or small picture or description. The manager gave a thumbnail sketch of her plans. The student wrote a thumbnail sketch of his project.
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sketch out something

also sketch in something
to describe something in a general way Dean sketched out a rough plan of where we should go and what we should see while we were there. The president sent the defense secretary to the Senate today to sketch in details of the program.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of sketch (to draw quickly and with only a few details)
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thumbnail sketch

A brief outline or cursory description, as in Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of the situation. This idiom alludes to drawing a picture no larger than a thumbnail. [Mid-1800s]
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sketch in

1. To add a hasty or undetailed drawing or painting of something to a larger work: The artist sketched in the leaves before painting. We finished sketching the margins in.
2. To give a general account or presentation of some aspect of a larger idea: The staff sketched in the details of the proposal. We sat down and sketched the fine points in.
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sketch out

1. To make a hasty or undetailed drawing or painting of something, often as a preliminary study: The architect sketched out a couple of ideas on a napkin. I sketched the figure out with pencil before I started painting.
2. To give a brief general account or presentation of something; outline something: The president sketched out her plan for the following year. Before I started writing my paper, I sat down and sketched my ideas out.
3. Slang To cause someone to experience an odd, unusual, and sometimes uneasy sensation: Their strange customs sketched out the visitors. His creepy smile sketched us out.
See also: out, sketch

thumbnail sketch

n. a quick and concise description. (One that could be written on someone’s thumbnail.) Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of what happened.
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References in classic literature ?
Keeping up the metaphor of the political guillotine, the whole may be considered as the POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF A DECAPITATED SURVEYOR: and the sketch which I am now bringing to a close, if too autobiographical for a modest person to publish in his lifetime, will readily be excused in a gentleman who writes from beyond the grave.
Were such the custom now, perchance we might find materials for a no less piquant sketch than the above.
The easel was now surrounded; Servin descanted on the beauty of the copy which his favorite pupil was then making, and the whole class was duped by this stratagem, except Amelie, who, slipping behind her companions, attempted to open the portfolio where she had seen Ginevra throw the sketch.
In this reconstructed animal of a dead world there was certainly a very great resemblance to the sketch of the unknown artist.
The sketch, the photographs, the narrative, and now the actual specimen--the evidence was complete.
Of course I oughtn't to have begun this sketch without permission.
You can sketch just as long as ever you please, and make what use of it you like," he said.
Putting that question, he looked first at the sketch--then at the view which it represented--then back again at the sketch.
Alban Morris pointed to the fragments of his sketch from Nature.
Hooker, who both knew of my work--the latter having read my sketch of 1844--honoured me by thinking it advisable to publish, with Mr.
He saw the sketch in Tinkle's window and thought it was a windmill at first, he was game, though, and bought it anyhow.
He was making a sketch for the figure of a man in a violent rage.
The sketch might be corrected in accordance with the requirements of the figure, the legs, indeed, could and must be put differently, and the position of the left hand must be quite altered; the hair too might be thrown back.
I can do little more than offer my humble testimony to the truthfulness of Miss Halcombe's sketch of the old lady's character.
On our way back I had let the ladies settle for themselves the first point of view which they were to sketch, under my instructions, on the afternoon of the next day.