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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.
See also: broad, stroke
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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In 2017, while visiting the city of Merida in the southeastern Mexican state of Yucatan, Leguillon stumbled on a small bar whose dingy walls were painted in broad brushstrokes of red, blue, yellow, and black.
Within 274 pages, the author can only do so with quick, broad brushstrokes, eliding important nuances and complexities.
Geis provides probing questions and tips such as giving the new creation a title or using broad brushstrokes. The Extra Materials section at book's end consists of four pages of imagery related to Tilson, Indiana, Hockney, and Oldenburg (none of the latter's matchsticks but rather pencils), and eight pages of solid-colored papers.
Working in broad brushstrokes, their elegant electronica-tinged dream-pop - caught somewhere between Chvrches and Christine and the Queens - is powered along by twinkly synths, echoey percussion and Issac's clear, expressive vocals.
Whatever the reason, these broad brushstrokes do not make this generation of characters come alive for readers, especially those unfamiliar with Assam, nor do they do much for the landscape which is described as 'Green.
Millennials have been painted in broad brushstrokes as experiential outliers who wouldn't know a spatula from a spittoon, spending all their time on small screens, big adventures and living in their parents' basements.
Kindly acquaint us in broad brushstrokes the phenomenon beyond handsets?
In broad brushstrokes the difficulty is that, for the cognitive phenomenalist, there is a distinction between three kinds of fact: cognitive phenomenal facts, sensory phenomenal facts, and functional facts.
Neither mutual funds nor ETFs should be painted with broad brushstrokes as being good or bad.
Instead, I'll paint a few broad brushstrokes of the food scene as it stands at the end of 2017.
Until these broad brushstrokes are painted to the voters' satisfaction, nothing else matters.
Broad brushstrokes break the geometric grid of the hexagrams--which are created using a stenciling technique--introducing an expressive fluidity while obscuring a message on the surface.
Even though readers know the broad brushstrokes of the historical account, Southard excels at bringing "a harrowing and anxiety-inducing tension" (San Francisco Chronicle) to her narrative and a voice to those who, by taking different paths in life to try to heal their physical and emotional scars, survived to tell the tale.
RON Jones of Oswestry ('Cameron and Christian ethics',' 15 May) paints in cosmically broad brushstrokes once again.