be in the picture(redirected from one was in the picture)
be in the picture
To be informed or up to date (about something); to be involved in or aware of what is going on. The boss definitely needs to be 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
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in the picture, be
Understand, be informed about or be involved in a particular situation or activity. For example, The new ambassador wanted to be in the picture for every event, small or large. This term is also used in such locutions as put someone in the picture, meaning "to inform or include someone," as in Put me in the picture about the new staff, or out of the picture, meaning "to be left ignorant of or excluded from some activity," as in The local authorities were out of the picture when it came to drug dealers. [Early 1900s] Also see get the message (picture).
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.