in the picture, be

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in the picture, be

Understand, be informed about or be involved in a particular situation or activity. For example, The new ambassador wanted to be in the picture for every event, small or large. This term is also used in such locutions as put someone in the picture, meaning "to inform or include someone," as in Put me in the picture about the new staff, or out of the picture, meaning "to be left ignorant of or excluded from some activity," as in The local authorities were out of the picture when it came to drug dealers. [Early 1900s] Also see get the message (picture).
References in classic literature ?
Go into the front show-room, and look at the pictures, while I speak to Mr.
So vividly is noise suggested, that spectators who become absorbed in the picture almost always fall to shouting comments in each other's ears, making ear-trumpets of their curved hands, fearing they may not otherwise be heard.
A general glance at the picture could never suggest that there was a hair trunk in it; the Hair Trunk is not mentioned in the title even--which is, "Pope Alexander III.
But observing her uncle's steadfast gaze, which appeared to search through the mist of years to discover the subject of the picture, her curiosity was excited.
It was likewise affirmed that a familiar spirit or demon abode behind the blackness of the picture, and had shown himself, at seasons of public calamity, to more than one of the royal governors.
He was late in arriving, which was good in that it delayed the inevitable question as to the fate of the picture, but bad in every other respect.
He was a connoisseur, for he had said that the picture was a crackerjack.
asked Vronsky, thinking that, as a Russian Maecenas, it was his duty to assist the artist regardless of whether the picture were good or bad.
Not that we knew anything about him on Tuesday last; we didn't even know for certain that young Debenham had stolen the picture.
The sale was illegal; you can pay him back his money and force him to give the picture up.
Because I have friends - acquaintances at least - in the world, from whom I desire my present abode to be concealed; and as they might see the picture, and might possibly recognise the style in spite of the false initials I have put in the corner, I take the precaution to give a false name to the place also, in order to put them on a wrong scent, if they should attempt to trace me out by it.
I was only going to ask if you had painted it yourself,' said I, sulkily resigning the picture into her hands; for without a grain of ceremony she took it from me; and quickly restoring it to the dark corner, with its face to the wall, placed the other against it as before, and then turned to me and laughed.
All of these he examined, but the pictures caught his fancy most, though the strange little bugs which covered the pages where there were no pictures excited his wonder and deepest thought.
As she sat gazing at the picture she suddenly became aware that she was not alone--that someone was standing close behind her-- some one who had approached her noiselessly.
In the sculptures of the Greeks, in the masonry of the Romans, and in the pictures of the Tuscan and Venetian masters, the highest charm is the universal language they speak.