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What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean?



 
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What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean? #1 (permalink) Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:09 am   What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #315 "English Slang Idioms (36)", question 6

"That is the problem with a lot of department managers. They are good at improving their department but that is often at the expense of the organization as a whole. They often can't see the ......... from the trees," the consultant said.

(a) structures
(b) others
(c) forest
(d) route

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #315 "English Slang Idioms (36)", answer 6

"That is the problem with a lot of department managers. They are good at improving their department but that is often at the expense of the organization as a whole. They often can't see the forest from the trees," the consultant said.

Correct answer: (c) forest
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What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean?

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What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean? #2 (permalink) Mon Jun 30, 2008 9:44 am   What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean?
 

to pay too much attention to details and not understand the general situation
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What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean? #3 (permalink) Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:34 am   What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean?
 

Hi,

In my book the expression (rightly explained by Daemon) is usually: can't see the wood for the trees.

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What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean? #4 (permalink) Fri Aug 14, 2009 18:41 pm   What does the expression 'seeing forest from trees' mean?
 

There must be a typo in the test.

I can't recall ever having heard anyone use this idiom with the word "from". Never. The expression I've always heard used in my neck of the woods (US) is "can't see the forest for the trees."
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/can%27t+see+the+forest+for+the+trees
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