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Date: Apr 30 2009


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)


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.


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. “


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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Actually I was so boring of my life in these days. But I should consider my big picture. If I think about big picture I suppose there will be alot of good things are waiting to me. I hope and hope.

02:02 AM Apr 30 2009 |




I`m used to live every moment of my life, its better than to look at the big picture, i dont know if ill be alive tomorrow.

01:30 AM Apr 30 2009 |


Saudi Arabia

I think it means the focus will come in the future.i think that true.thanks

01:01 AM Apr 30 2009 |

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