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big picture

a broad, overall view or perspective of an issue or problem. Unabridged
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  • I was painting my big picture—I wish you'd come and see it, by the way.

  • It is to the big picture what the short story is to the novel.

    Picture and Text Henry James
  • You will guess that I am now ambitious of getting to grips again with the big picture.

  • It was down there he painted the big picture of her a standin' by the big spring.

    The Shepherd of the Hills Harold Bell Wright
  • The big picture is conspicuous, forming the centre of the line on that wall.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler
Contemporary definitions for big picture

an overall view or perspective of a situation or matter

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