can't see the wood for the trees
This page is about the idiom can't see the wood for the trees
If you can't see the wood for the trees, you can't see the whole situation clearly because you're looking too closely at small details, or because you're too closely involved.
- I don't think we can see the wood for the trees at this stage, so let's get an outsider to take a look at the project and give us a progress report.
- Marcus is so focused on product details that he can't see the wood for the trees when it comes to the overall needs of the company.
The U.S. equivalent is "can't see the forest for the trees".
This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
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Contributor: Matt Errey