in/out of the picture

in the picture

Informed or up to date (about something); involved in or aware of what is going on. Just make sure you keep the boss in the picture about the status of the project. The kids' father is back in the picture for the moment, but I'm not sure if I can rely on him.
See also: picture

out of the picture

No longer involved in or relevant to a situation. I'm going to study in the library so that all of the distractions in my room are out of the picture. I can't ask her out until her disapproving brother is out of the picture, so let me know when he leaves the party. Shelly's father has been out of the picture for years, so I've had to do everything on my own.
See also: of, out, picture

*in the picture

Fig. well-informed; aware of what is going on. (*Typically: be ~; keep someone ~; put someone~.) Please, keep me fully in the picture. John found out about the plan. He's in the picture, so take care.
See also: picture

out of the picture

Fig. no longer relevant to a situation; departed; dead. Now that Tom is out of the picture, we needn't concern ourselves about his objections. With her husband out of the picture, she can begin living as she pleases.
See also: of, out, picture

in the picture

1. If someone is in the picture, they are involved in the situation you are talking about. I was in the picture from the beginning. Once the former professor was in the picture, no one ever again attempted to mess with Mitch Johnson.
2. If you are in the picture for something such as a job or a prize, you are likely to get it. The actress is in the picture for an Oscar. He told me that Annabella was back in the picture. She was the best one they could find for the job. Compare with put someone in the picture.
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out of the picture

1. If someone is out of the picture, they are no longer involved in the situation you are talking about. Once Derek was out of the picture, Malcolm's visits became more frequent. Maybe with Paula out of the picture, Mark would be willing to talk.
2. If you are out of the picture for something such as a job or a prize, it is no longer possible that you will get it. But I've been told I'm their fifth-choice striker for the next game, so I'm totally out of the picture.
See also: of, out, picture

in the picture

fully informed about something.
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out of the picture

no longer involved; irrelevant.
See also: of, out, picture

in/out of the ˈpicture

(informal) involved/not involved in a situation: Morris is likely to win, with Jones out of the picture now.
See also: of, out, picture

out of the picture

mod. no longer relevant to a situation; departed; dead. Now that Tom is out of the picture, we needn’t concern ourselves about his objections.
See also: of, out, picture