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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 general understanding of a situation because you are too worried about the details
Translations of “not see the wood for the trees”
in Chinese (Traditional) 只見樹木,不見森林…
in Chinese (Simplified) 只见树木,不见森林…
(Definition of not see the wood for the trees from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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