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broad (brush) strokes

Vague or non-specific terms. I don't need every detail of the event—just tell me about it in broad brush strokes. Describe your idea in broad strokes, just so I can get a sense of it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

broad strokes


broad brushstrokes

If you describe or show something in broad strokes or in broad brushstrokes, you describe or show only the main or general points or features of it and not the fine or exact details. The speech will lay out in broad strokes the two candidates' differing approaches towards how best to stimulate the economy. There's very little subtlety in the play. Its characters are painted in broad brushstrokes. Note: The image here is of an artist painting a picture roughly or quickly.
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But as long as you stick to the broad brush strokes of most seafood and fish goes with white, while red meat, casseroles and tomato pasta dishes go with reds, you shouldn't go that far wrong.
The speech was painted with broad brush strokes, but lacked practical detail.
In the broad brush strokes with which characters are drawn in this musical, Daddy Warbucks' credentials as a powerful tycoon are established straightaway when we glimpse his priceless art collection (such as the Mona Lisa), and see him on his private hotline to President Roosevelt and FBI chief J Edgar Hoover.
"That's not to say we want to recreate Atlanta in Aberdeen but we want to take some of those broad brush strokes of a fan-first ethos and making sure the right matchday experience can be delivered."
Farage has always painted in broad brush strokes. He brazenly talks about trading on World Trade Organisation rules without bothering to engage in the details of such an outcome.
"Marketers often painted in broad brush strokes and grouped people with many unique attributes under a single segment like 'males age 18-34.' Techniques like data-driven, linear, and addressable TV have improved the precision of marketers' campaigns by allowing greater personalization and relevancy in advertisements, which helps drive performance for advertisers, and a better overall experience for the consumer," Van Houten says.
You finish the broad brush strokes, but there are still a lot of fine brush strokes.
Dusty, written by Jonathan Harvey, is a jukebox musical that necessarily adopts some broad brush strokes to convey the star's life, with some clumsy signals to the passing of time - explaining mobile phones, racial divides and political unrest, for example.
Again, very broad brush strokes, but you get the idea.
Either its charcoal, thin layers of paint or the spontaneous rough broad brush strokes, Shahid Mirza seems to be enjoying a joyful intimacy with the mediums he has been working with for more than three decades.
Instead, it appears as if painting broad brush strokes is the order of the day.
Seal conducted a thrusting vigorous performance but not just broad brush strokes; details like the comic-yetsinister string and trombone tiptoeing episode emerged clearly.
These are very broad brush strokes but, to be fair, Hooper's book questions stereotypes more frequently than it regurgitates them.