throw into sharp relief

throw something into sharp relief

Fig. [for something] to make something plainly evident or clearly visible. The dull, plain background threw the ornate settee into sharp relief. The red vase was thrown into sharp relief against the black background.
See also: relief, sharp, throw
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The floods throw into sharp relief the need for international action on climate, campaigners say, urging countries meeting in Paris for international talks on a new global warming deal to secure an ambitious agreement to avoid dangerous climate change.
Kath Murray, a researcher in stop and search at the University of Edinburgh, said: "These figures throw into sharp relief the remarkable allocation of resources to a policy which lacks a credible evidence base.
Lydia Prieg, researcher at the New Economics Foundation, said: "These figures throw into sharp relief the privileged position of the big banks.
We've had great successes in recent years, but the economic crisis is sure to throw into sharp relief the extant flaws in our social safety net.
A surefire, guaranteed way to not only throw into sharp relief all your shortcomings and weaknesses, but then make you hate yourself for not being able to improve on them in the space of a week.
These issues throw into sharp relief the policy challenges which this and future governments face.