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Noun

Singular
big picture

Plural
-

big picture (-)
  1. (idiomatic) The totality of a situation.
    • 1993, Bill Clinton, Presidential Radio Address - 31 July 1993,  
      I met an executive from Missouri who turned around a failing plant by sharing information with employees about the company's performance. When the employees understood the big picture, they did even better at their jobs.
    • 2002, Kate Chynoweth, Neryl Walker, The Bridesmaid Guide[1],  
      In the prewedding whirlwind of bridal showers, dress shopping, and parties, even the most budget savvy bridesmaids can overspend by mistake. Because the events span several months, it can be easy to lose track of the big picture and splurge at each event.
  2. (UK, dated) The main film in a double feature.

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