in the (grand) scheme of things

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in the (grand) scheme of things

In the long term; in the complete picture of something. I know you're worried about getting a bad grade on this test, but you're such a great student that I doubt it will matter in the grand scheme of things.
See also: of, scheme, thing

in the scheme of things

COMMON People use in the scheme of things to describe how important one thing is when compared to everything else in a situation or how one thing relates to the other things in a situation. These aches and pains are annoying, but not very serious in the scheme of things. To enter into the adult world, we must have an understanding of our place in the scheme of things. Note: People often put words such as greater, grand or whole before scheme with the same meaning. In the grand scheme of things, Hertz was a small player.
See also: of, scheme, thing

the scheme of things

the organization of things in general; the way the world is.
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the/somebody’s ˈscheme of things

the way the world and other things are or seem to be organized: Low-paid workers like us don’t have a very important place in the scheme of things.Don’t worry too much about your exam results; they’re not really important in the great scheme of things.
See also: of, scheme, thing
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Devance, who also had a verbal spat with Chris Ross in Game 2, shared Balkman's sentiments saying that what happened was just a minor event in the grand scheme of things.
But, in the grand scheme of things, does it really matter?
But I think the problem is that it's hard to reconcile ourselves with the level of success we've achieved, which is really limited in the grand scheme of things, but still far beyond anything we expected.
However, for insect species in which the adults don't fly, "dispersal in bird guts might be more important in the grand scheme of things."
In the grand scheme of things, sex is the more important of the two.
In the grand scheme of things, the "touchdown" was meaningless.
landfills and to solve other problems the EPA admits "rank relatively low" in the grand scheme of things.