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Date: Apr 30 2009

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“I just try not to look too far in the future. It gets terrifying if you look at the big picture.”

-Reese Witherspoon, talking about her lovelife. (Us Weekly)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

all factors and consequences, the long range future

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

What kind of a picture could terrify Reese Witherspoon? She doesn’t seem like the kind of person who’d get scared easily. That big picture must really be huge and scary.

Actually, when people talk about the big picture, they don’t mean a large photograph or painting. They’re referring to a complete situation. Often, thinking about the big picture means considering the future, not just the present.

So Reese isn’t talking about a real photograph. In fact, she’s talking about the situation of being in love. Many people wonder if she and her boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal are going to get married. But Reese would rather focus on the present and just enjoy being in love than worry about the future or think about the big picture.

Sometimes, though, it’s important to consider the big picture. Going to the dentist is no fun. But if you think about the big picture, you’ll realize that if you don’t get your teeth cleaned now, you’ll just end up with more serious problems later. It’s the same with eating healthy foods. Of course you’d rather eat cake than carrots! But you don’t want the big picture to turn into a picture of big you. So maybe the carrots are the better choice.

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Sure you don’t feel well today, but if you look at the big picture, you’re very healthy nowadays.”

“Even though college is expensive, when you consider the big picture, it’s a good idea to go. “

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

VOLTS it shows a complete view of something.
by VOLTSSuper Member!
the plan of the future
by janestudyenglish
talking about future
by soldierkhan
ciberd7 consequences, what my future will turn out or what comes forth
by ciberd7
fate.gh the big picture refer to the situation as a whole.
by fate.gh
Gellerke future, things, that will happen later,in the future
by Gellerke
cheya thinking and expecting a lot about the future forward
by cheya
very far in the time
by monacovalentina
swimfun the complete perspective on a situation or an issue!! it must be used with 'the' to exactly mean that!! E.g: it always makes me get worried to look at the big picture after finishing my exams!!
by swimfun
Tarfah the whole picture or Long-term view of the future maybe :$
by Tarfah
amany7 it is like "in the long run" the very far future :D
by amany7
pary chehr think about any side of a topic
by pary chehr
it means think too much about the future.
by CatherineVanilla
sofree This means a complete understanding of something.
by sofree

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Comments

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mickeymj

China

hi,I am newcome,nice to meet you

08:53 AM May 04 2009 |

gfranco

gfranco

Brazil

When we realize the consequences of something that is happening in the present.

12:23 AM May 04 2009 |

ByHackTooR

ByHackTooR

Turkey

really nice explanation and examples also….

02:08 PM May 03 2009 |

zabi hafiz

Turkey

hi

i want to chat with u

09:35 AM May 03 2009 |

popatalpesh

India

do not do anyting which is beyond your capcities.

06:35 AM May 03 2009 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

to think about a great future

 

05:13 PM May 02 2009 |

stankiewicz

Poland

the great futureSmile

04:18 PM May 02 2009 |

rabbitcyg

rabbitcyg

China

In China,there goes a word"Today is much more  important than any tomorrow".To see the big picture,it's easy to ignore today's happiness.on the contrary,you will lose your dreams if you don't hold a big picture.sometimes,they are controversial to some extent.

09:41 AM May 02 2009 |

LINNA

LINNA

Colombia

to look at the reality that comes in the future

02:05 AM May 02 2009 |

mrmahmoud

Egypt

Try to Look at any thing from all the possible angels and point of views don't be extremist about one side only

08:46 PM May 01 2009 |

Futuristic

Futuristic

Philippines

Someone said if she weren't seen the big picture , She would probaly gone in a minute.

02:39 PM May 01 2009 |

feyzanur

Turkey

wats about is this ?

11:03 AM May 01 2009 |

buramo326

Mongolia

 i do not look big picture it is looks like scary

11:02 AM May 01 2009 |

mankiu

China

really a good example for ciberd7 X)))

10:54 AM May 01 2009 |

黑色舞夜

China

good

10:04 AM May 01 2009 |

Thanks Allah

Egypt

Big picture it means a whole view of things

08:42 AM May 01 2009 |

yingadam

yingadam

Thailand

wowwwww

big pitureLaughing

06:14 AM May 01 2009 |

fadel san

fadel san

Saudi Arabia

see the future or the result of doing something.

11:32 PM Apr 30 2009 |

ciberd7

ciberd7

Brazil

Some friends told me : "You should forget that English Baby site, it´s not worth".

Then I´m telling them to look at the big picture and see who´s winning knowledgement and approaching with the English language. Wanna see who´s next to criticise English baby!

 

03:56 PM Apr 30 2009 |

ghost9046

ghost9046

Yemen

The whole story of something; a complete view of something.

03:30 PM Apr 30 2009 |

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