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thumbnail sketch

noun phrase

A very brief account; esp, a quick biography

[1852+; so brief, that is, as to be written on a thumbnail]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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thumbnail sketch

A brief outline or cursory description, as in Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of the situation. This idiom alludes to drawing a picture no larger than a thumbnail. [ Mid-1800s ]
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