the whole picture

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the whole picture

The overall sense or presentation of a situation, concept, topic, etc., including all related factors and potential consequences. You're focusing on one small part of the negotiation, but you need to see the whole picture—we may need to compromise on a few items to get the best deal in the end.
See also: picture, whole
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