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in broad (brush) strokes

In 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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It was announced earlier this year by the finance minister in her budget speech, given a fancy name, and, in broad strokes, got values attached to the various sectors identified for targeted intervention.
Again, all are constructed from rectangular wooden panels covered with layers of acrylic, though here Gilliam applies color in broad strokes and diaphanous wisps.
He paints in broad strokes, uses a group as an entity, and creates visually stunning pieces that challenge our perception of movement.
The second book considered here attempts to explain in broad strokes the workings of the society of Arequipa at the end of the colonial period and in the turmoil of the post-independence period.
In so doing, she paints in broad strokes a clear picture of the motivating factors behind many of the most important artistic commissions of the Italian Renaissance.
Nearly three years ago when we wrote in NURSING HOMES of our dream to provide a broad range of long-term care services, including nursing home care, to older adults in a retirement community setting, we painted in broad strokes: our ideals, our standards, and our mission ("Academic-Corporate Partnering to Improve Long-term Care," Nursing Homes, July/August, 1991).