not see the wood for the trees Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

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not see the wood for the trees

UK (US not see the forest for the trees) to be ​unable to get a ​generalunderstanding of a ​situation because you are too ​worried about the ​details
(Definition of not see the wood for the trees from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “not see the wood for the trees”
in Chinese (Simplified) 只见树木,不见森林…
in Chinese (Traditional) 只見樹木,不見森林…
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