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big picture

1. noun The general, overall, or long-term scheme of something, as opposed to the specific details or present preoccupations. I know that one parking ticket isn't important in the big picture, but I'm really annoyed about it right now. You need to focus on the big picture here, and stop getting bogged down in the day-to-day operations. That's what we're paying you for as a high-level manager.
2. adjective Of or describing such a scheme. These are big picture projections. We'll worry about the details later.
See also: big, picture

*big picture

the whole story of something; a complete view of something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~; know ~; see ~; show someone ~.) The sales manager gave us all the big picture this morning, and I'm more confused than ever.
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the big ˈpicture

(informal, especially American English) the situation as a whole: Right now forget the details and take a look at the big picture.
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Longo was promoted from Big Picture Media Solutions' sister company, Big Picture Communications, where she served as an account coordinator.
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Heather's experience in developing successful media solutions will be a true asset to current and future clients," said Joyce McClune, President of Big Picture Media Solutions.
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Rick brings the experience and the energy to keep pace with our fast-growing company," said AJ Drexler, Principal and Lead Strategist at Big Picture.
The name of the series, held every three years, was changed to The Big Picture because city officials hope residents will focus on the future of the community as a whole, rather than neighborhood issues.
The big picture has to involve a twenty year timeframe because some of this will take a long time.
com's award-winning Big Picture brings together compelling elements from television and the Internet allowing users to interact with stories and fully engage in the news," said Scott Moore, President of MSNBC.
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com and Big Picture Technologies reinforces the commitment by both companies to meet the e-business demands of the new economy.
InFocus(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:INFS), the big picture solution provider that magnifies the impact of immersive audio-visual experiences, today announced the immediate appointment of Brian Dennison to Vice President of Americas Sales.
This partnership contributes to Big Picture's move into the ASP marketplace," explained Michael Anthony, president and CEO for Big Picture Technologies.