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worm's eye view

A limited understanding of something due to a lack of a broad perspective. It is the opposite of the more common phrase "bird's eye view." Because he was stuck in the same menial position for so long, he only had a worm's eye view of how the business operated.
See also: eye, view
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a worm's eye view

1. If you have a a worm's eye view of something, you see it from a low position. If only gardeners would take a worm's eye view of their lawns, they would discover a mass of fascinating and useful information.
2. If someone has a worm's eye view of a situation, they are able to form an impression of it from an unimportant or junior position. Let me offer a worm's eye view of what Thatcherism was, and what its legacy may be. Compare with a bird's-eye view.
See also: eye, view
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a worm's-eye view

the view looking up at something from ground level.
This expression was formed on the pattern of bird's-eye view (see bird). It usually refers to the viewpoint of a humble or insignificant person who is witnessing important events or people.
See also: view
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

a worm’s-eye ˈview

the opinion of somebody who is closely involved in something: I’m afraid I can’t give you a general overview of the situation. I can only offer you a worm’s-eye view that is based on my own experience.
See also: view
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