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thumbnail sketch

1. A small picture that presents a smaller version of a larger image or proposed image. Before fully redesigning the layout of the office, the interior designer provided me with a thumbnail sketch of his initial plans.
2. A short description or preview. Class, each of you will need to submit a thumbnail sketch of your essay topic for my approval.
See also: sketch, thumbnail

sketch out

1. To make a quick, rough drawing of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sketch" and "out" or after the phrase. He quickly sketched the new design out for the clients to see. I sketched out a map of the area so my mother wouldn't get lost.
2. To present or write a brief, hasty plan or account of something. (A noun is often used after "sketch" or "out.") She sketched out her plans for new methods of monetization in front of the board of directors. You should always sketch your ideas out on paper before you begin researching anything.
3. slang To make someone feel uneasy or uncomfortable; to creep someone out. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is commonly used between "sketch" and "out." I'm OK with most bugs, but centipedes just sketch me out. That guy in the corner was really sketching us out, so we decided to leave. Try not to sketch out all the freshmen, Wayne.
See also: out, sketch

sketch in

1. To make a quick, rough drawing of something, especially as a detail or element of a larger work. A noun can be used between "sketch" and "in." They asked me to sketch in a few people to make the painting of the park feel more real. She sketched some popular tourist locations in on my map.
2. To present or write smaller details or aspects of a larger thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sketch" and "in." We really liked your proposal, but we were hoping you could sketch in a few more specifics before we sign off on it.
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sketch something in

to draw in the image of someone or something. I sketched a figure of a woman in so that she appears to be standing beneath the tree. I'll sketch in the house in the upper left corner.
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sketch something out

to create a rough idea or image of something by sketching or some other means. (Does not necessarily require an actual sketch.) Sally sketched the furniture arrangement out so we could get an idea of what it was to look like. Would you sketch out your ideas, please?
See also: out, sketch

a thumbnail sketch

a brief or small picture or description. The manager gave a thumbnail sketch of her plans. The student wrote a thumbnail sketch of his project.
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thumbnail sketch

A brief outline or cursory description, as in Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of the situation. This idiom alludes to drawing a picture no larger than a thumbnail. [Mid-1800s]
See also: sketch, thumbnail

sketch in

v.
1. To add a hasty or undetailed drawing or painting of something to a larger work: The artist sketched in the leaves before painting. We finished sketching the margins in.
2. To give a general account or presentation of some aspect of a larger idea: The staff sketched in the details of the proposal. We sat down and sketched the fine points in.
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sketch out

v.
1. To make a hasty or undetailed drawing or painting of something, often as a preliminary study: The architect sketched out a couple of ideas on a napkin. I sketched the figure out with pencil before I started painting.
2. To give a brief general account or presentation of something; outline something: The president sketched out her plan for the following year. Before I started writing my paper, I sat down and sketched my ideas out.
3. Slang To cause someone to experience an odd, unusual, and sometimes uneasy sensation: Their strange customs sketched out the visitors. His creepy smile sketched us out.
See also: out, sketch

thumbnail sketch

n. a quick and concise description. (One that could be written on someone’s thumbnail.) Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of what happened.
See also: sketch, thumbnail
References in classic literature ?
I can remember the conversation that passed far more easily than the sketches that I mechanically looked over.
She made no objection to this; and, for some time, sketched away in silence.
There followed several pages which were filled with small sketches of Indians and their ways.
She retained a few of the sketches, and gave all the rest to Madame Ratignolle, who appreciated the gift far beyond its value and proudly exhibited the pictures to her husband when he came up from the store a little later for his midday dinner.
"Look here, young fellow, I don't care what you do out of office-hours, but I've seen those sketches of yours and they're on office-paper, and Mr.
They all thought he had talent; at Heidelberg they had admired his water colours, Miss Wilkinson had told him over and over again that they were chasing; even strangers like the Watsons had been struck by his sketches. La Vie de Boheme had made a deep impression on him.
LAHORE -- For decades, a police sketch of an unknown perpetrator has been the most recognisable tool in criminal investigation.
The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has launched the use of digital facial composite sketch as an aid in determining the facial feature of a suspect involved in crime.
From a desk at the Ford Design Studio, a designer enters a virtual room and begins a 3D sketch. He is designing a virtual car around himself and adjusting the attributes to best suit him -- the driver.
US automaker Ford is working with Gravity Sketch - a 3D virtual reality tool that enables designers to create more human-centric vehicle design.
The sketch with British stars started out in English music halls.
In the sketch, one of the suspects was described as a man who has a fair complexion, and is around 30-35 years old, 5'5'' to 5'6'' in height, and has a huge built.
The owner of Sketch, on New Street in Huddersfield town centre, posted on Facebook at 9am on Friday to announce the launch date had been a Halloween trick.
Self-confessed comedy nerd, Sally Phillips, 48, joins some of the nation's top comedians to look back at their most-loved funny scenes for the celebratory show My Favourite Sketch.
For me, it was really interesting to see how the sketch worked from the inside.