Idiom:  in the grand scheme of things


Idiom:  in the grand (overall/larger) scheme of things

  • looking at the situation in a broader or more general way

Example sentences

— Although you didn’t get the grade you wanted in physics, in the grand scheme of things you had a great semester.

— In the overall scheme of things, staying for one weekend with your grandma is not going to ruin your summer holiday.

— We got the leather seats because its a small price to pay in the larger scheme of things when you keep a car for 8-10 years.

— Service is really slow tonight and they're understaffed. But in the grand scheme of things I'm so happy we had more time to talk.

— Don't go on a crazy crash diet just because you gained 3 kilos on your vacation. That's not much in the grand scheme of things and you'll lose the weight soon.

— We lost some money in Las Vegas but not that much in the grand scheme of things.

— He said some things he regrets but in the grand scheme of things he's the nicest guy you've ever dated.

— Sheila doesn't have much experience with Excel but in the grand scheme of things, her experience is impressive.

In the grand scheme of things getting here five hours late was better than spending another night in that overpriced hotel.


  • in the big picture
  • by and large
  • generally speaking

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