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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 is often used after "sketch" or "out.") 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 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. 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.
See also: out, sketch

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]
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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
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Sew more from your stash this year by recreating fabric patterns and trying them out as future garments through sketches.
For me, I find messy sketches to be quite beautiful.
He further informed the media that the JI Karachi Chapter will also organize a protest rally outside BaitulMukarram Mosque on Sunday and also present a memorandum to French Consul General in Karachi for expressing their strong reservations over the publication of blasphemous sketches.
The structure-mapping model of analogy can be used to compare sketches to each other, highlighting qualitative similarities and differences, while adhering to constraints and biases that are supported by psychological research.
Muhammed's biggest wish is to be able to present one of his portrait sketches as a gift to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
I was invited up to Dens Park to complete the project, where 30 Dundee fans took part in the naming test and were asked if they were able to identify the players from the sketches.
In actual practice, however, using police facial sketches to nab criminals can be a hit-or-miss process, reliant on both the memory of the witness and the skill of the artist.
Building on Franco Moretti's work on fictional sketches and novelistic form in Graphs, Maps, Trees, as well as Martina Lauster's recent study on nineteenth-century European journalistic sketches, Garcha focuses on a narrow slice of time--the 1830s--as a period of intense "changefulness" in the political, economic, and social realms.
The duo have dusted down some of their most popular sketches and repackaged them as a "greatest hits"-style farewell show.
Area law enforcement officials spoke last week about their use of artists and computer programs that produce drawings of suspects, the challenges of creating such sketches, and their satisfaction when a drawing helps lead to an arrest.
As such, sketches often become items of memorabilia rather than works in their own right (unless you're Leonardo).
It's hard to see why ``The Girlie Show'' is such a hit, because what little we see of it looks awfully lame: Its jittery star (Jane Krakowski of ``Ally McBeal'') even seems to understand that she's not very good in certain sketches.
A Professor's Unforgettables: 5 out Of 10,000 Students in 25 Years" is an enticing collection of sketches by University of Arkansas Professor AnnieLaura Jagger of her humanities students--the more memorable ones, of course.
The official artist of the expedition, Henry Wood Elliott, was no mean draftsman himself, and his precise sketches added greatly to the expedition's scientific value.