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big picture

1. noun The general, overall, or long-term scheme of something, as opposed to the specific details or present preoccupations. I know that one parking ticket isn't important in the big picture, but I'm really annoyed about it right now. You need to focus on the big picture here, and stop getting bogged down in the day-to-day operations. That's what we're paying you for as a high-level manager.
2. adjective Of or describing such a scheme. These are big picture projections. We'll worry about the details later.
See also: big, picture

the big ˈpicture

(informal, especially American English) the situation as a whole: Right now forget the details and take a look at the big picture.
See also: big, picture
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I saw him myself, standing upon that chair and fixing the big picture above it.
On Friday 5 South Belfast Primary Schools came together for the launch of The Big Picture Project at Crescent Arts Centre as part of the Belfast Childrens Festival, March 9 14.
Critique: A critically important counter to the well financed and politically motivated climate change deniers, "There Is Still Time: To Look at the Big Picture .
What matters is what happens in the near term for that, but the big picture is not whether the Bank rate goes from half a percent to slightly above that lowest ever level," he said.
In The Big Picture Krakauer takes memorable songs from films with some Jewish connectionlike "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof, "Body and Soul" from Radio Daysand, with the help of five other talented musicians, makes them his own.
All stories and narratives are presented and studied to find the Christ Connections and to answer the Big Picture questions, such as Who is God?
1 2 3 4 5 6 The Big Picture If you look closely at this picture, you will see that the artist has been unduly careless, as there are five mistakes.
In the big picture, how we treat our guns individually effects all of us, and at some level, how much of society perceives us as gun owners.
Budding photographers took part in the Tyne and Wear Metro photo competition called the Big Picture, sending in their favourite scenes from Metro destinations.
Prof Liyanage delivering the keynote address said that there are two perspectives - to be brilliant on the basics and the other to look at the big picture to be successful in the business and there is most important line that is the topmost line in addition to the three lines - top line, middle line and the bottom line.
The Big Picture "Do you know what the big picture is?
Taylor says the Big Picture gallery from President Obama's inauguration has been viewed 4.
THIS is the picture - the Big Picture - that tells you so much about our changing and modern city.
EDWARD O'Grady enjoyed mixed luck on a rare visit north to Downpatrick yesterday, saddling the well-backed The Big Picture to land the opening maiden hurdle before seeing Killenaule Boy denied close home in one of the beginners' chases.
The mosaic, which was on display outside the Thinktank museum of science at Millennium Point on Saturday, is the culmination of an arts project called The Big Picture.