can't see the wood for the trees

Быть не в состоянии судить или постичь целого вследствие обращения внимания только на его составляющие; критиковать за малое и не понимать значение или цели будущего достижения.
Teachers sometimes notice language errors and do not see the good ideas in a composition; they cannot see the woods for the trees.
The voters defeated a bond issue for the new school because they couldn't see the forest for the trees; they thought of their taxes rather than of their children's education.
We should think of children's growth in character and understanding more than of their little faults and misdeeds; some of us can't see the wood for the trees.
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