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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.
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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?
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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

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

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.
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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.
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And that's exactly the approach of Everton-born artist Diane Williams and her sketches of working musicians.
In a poignant irony, Malvo's own jailhouse sketches, filled with references to The Matrix and accusations of media mind control, were used as evidence of his insanity by the defense.
In The Sacred Trust, church historians Emir and Ergun Caner present brief biographical sketches of each president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
But she had forgotten all about the sketches, in which Connery wore a skimpy loincloth, until she read an article about him and his time as a model at her old art college.
She notes that, in general, the surviving drawings for prints are in better condition that his other sketches.
The introduction is the work of a scholar who has been immersed long in his subject; it reveals an unparalleled understanding of Leacock and a deep knowledge of Sunshine Sketches.
She took Franklin along and was astonished at his long memory: "I watched him go through hundreds of sketches and say `This is the movement, this is the dancer, it was choreographed by so-and-so,' and boom
A late bloomer by designer standards, Windham never thought she had artistic talent until a 10th-grade teacher saw some fashion and hair-design sketches she'd drawn.
Michelangelo and the other apprentices made sketches, mixed colors, and plastered walls for the frescoes.
But Sha's research into primary materials may well be what readers value most about his book, and the visual sketches he reproduces in the book are intriguingly suggestive of the little remarked wealth of such period materials still available to us.
Hamilton acknowledges that the sketch has received critical attention recently in studies of individual authors and literary movements, yet she claims that studies of this nature cannot do justice to the "ubiquity of sketches in the period and, thus, the telling continuities and discontinuities in sketches by authors within and among different groupings" (11).
They will be among a line-up of comics recording sketches to be shown by BBC1 on New Year's Eve.
Subsequent chapters then apply knowledge gained from the sketches to (1) questions of form in Lulu and the use of role doublings, (2) the characterization of Dr.