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can't see the wood for the trees

UK (US can't see the forest for the trees)
to be unable to understand a situation clearly because you are too involved in it
Translations of “can't see the wood for the trees”
in Chinese (Traditional) 見樹不見林…
in Chinese (Simplified) 见木不见林…
(Definition of can't see the wood for the trees from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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