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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Then they would go to a hotel afterwards and combine the parts they had remembered in one sketch.
As for the artist, the great Turner canvases, his watercolors and his sketch books are never allowed to speak.
The premise of the sketch was that sex was too spontaneous to be regulated, and the quiz show played that idea to the hilt.
Even though it was just a line in a sketch, were you like, “I am saying a line in a sketch on SNL?”
Look to “Booty Rap,” easily the best sketch on this season thus far, for proof of that.
It is impossible to believe that thus far it is anything but a sketch and intimation of what it will presently be.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The magazines sketch us a lively article, the newspapers vignette us, step by step, a royal tour.
I have an old sketch of a back view of three of them taken side by side; you see nothing but billows of fine silky hair.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
They would have made a good study for an artist, had an artist been at hand to sketch them and their surroundings.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
Who is not carried back to good old times as he reads this sketch of Connecticut goin' to meetin' fifty years ago?