bird's eye view

An overview, as in This balcony gives us a bird's eye view of the town, or This course gives you a bird's eye view of history—from Eolithic man to the Gulf War in one semester. This expression can be used literally, for a panoramic view such as a bird might see, as well as figuratively. [c. 1600]


Nearby words

  1. bird table,
  2. bird walk,
  3. bird watcher,
  4. bird woman,
  5. bird's beak,
  6. bird's mouth,
  7. bird's nest,
  8. bird's-eye,
  9. bird's-eye chilli,
  10. bird's-eye maple

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