not see the forest for the trees

to pay too much attention to details and not understand the general situation.

Company officials were so involved in the talks, they couldn't see the forest for the trees and didn't realize their employees were willing to strike.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • not see the forest for the trees — see ↑tree • • • Main Entry: ↑forest not see the forest for the trees (US) (or US miss the forest for the trees or Brit not see the wood for the trees) : to not understand or appreciate a larger situation, problem …   Useful english dictionary

  • not see the wood for the trees — To fail to grasp the whole because of the superabundance of, or one s over concentration on, detail • • • Main Entry: ↑wood * * * not see the wood for the trees see ↑tree • • • Main Entry: ↑wood * * * not see the ˌwood for the ˈtrees idiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • not see the wood for the trees — See: not see the forest for the trees …   New idioms dictionary

  • not see the forest/wood for the trees — see ↑tree • • • Main Entry: ↑see …   Useful english dictionary

  • can't\ see\ the\ forest\ for\ the\ trees — • can t see the forest for the trees • can t see the wood for the trees • can t see the woods for the trees v. phr. To be unable to judge or understand the whole because of attention to the parts; criticize small things and not see the value or… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • can't\ see\ the\ wood\ for\ the\ trees — • can t see the forest for the trees • can t see the wood for the trees • can t see the woods for the trees v. phr. To be unable to judge or understand the whole because of attention to the parts; criticize small things and not see the value or… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • can't\ see\ the\ woods\ for\ the\ trees — • can t see the forest for the trees • can t see the wood for the trees • can t see the woods for the trees v. phr. To be unable to judge or understand the whole because of attention to the parts; criticize small things and not see the value or… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • can't see the wood for the trees — or[can t see the woods for the trees] or[can t see the forest for the trees] {v. phr.} To be unable to judge or understand the whole because of attention to the parts; criticize small things and not see the value or the aim of the future… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • can't see the wood for the trees — or[can t see the woods for the trees] or[can t see the forest for the trees] {v. phr.} To be unable to judge or understand the whole because of attention to the parts; criticize small things and not see the value or the aim of the future… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • can't see the forest for the trees — focus so much on the details so as not to be able to see the big picture …   English contemporary dictionary


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