in perspective


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in perspective

1. Correctly depicting three-dimensional space on a flat surface, as in artwork. That box in the background of your painting doesn't look like it's in perspective to me.
2. With an awareness of something's true value, importance, or significance. Seeing the devastation caused by a natural disaster like that really puts our petty gripes and problems in perspective, doesn't it? You don't think it's that big a deal? Well, let me get it in perspective for you: each of us will get 10 years in prison if we're caught.
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*in perspective

within a reasonable view or appraisal. (*Typically: be ~; get something ~; have something ~; put something [into] ~.) Let's try to keep everything in perspective. If we put the matter into perspective, I think we can discuss it reasonably.
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in (or out of) perspective

1 (of a work of art) showing the right (or wrong) relationship between visible objects. 2 correctly (or incorrectly) regarded in terms of relative importance.
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Juicy historical tidbits not only put his life in perspective, but also seemingly warp us back into an era of flappers, bootleggers, jazz and networks of black entrepreneurs exhibiting exemplary determination and talent.
This transition in perspective is accomplished effectively.
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A good example of the difference in perspective between political ecologists and dependency theorists concerns the "hamburger thesis." The argument that growing international demand for fast-food hamburgers dramatically expanded cattle ranching and led to rampant deforestation achieved a fair degree of scholarly and popular acceptance in the 1970s and 1980s.