have (something) in perspective

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have (something) in perspective

1. To correctly depict three-dimensional space on a flat surface, as in artwork. I don't think you have that box in the background of your painting in perspective.
2. To have an awareness of something's true value, importance, or significance. Wow, I really have my petty gripes and problems in perspective now that I've seen the devastation that hurricane caused. No, she definitely doesn't have it in perspective. I mean, each of us will get 10 years in prison if we're caught—how is she not panicking about that?
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