can't\ see\ the\ woods\ for\ the\ trees

• can't see the forest for the trees
• can't see the wood for the trees
• can't see the woods for the trees
v. phr.
To be unable to judge or understand the whole because of attention to the parts; criticize small things and not see the value or the aim of the future achievement.

Teachers sometimes notice language errors and do not see the good ideas in a composition; they cannot see the woods for the trees.

The voters defeated a bond issue for the new school because they couldn't see the forest for the trees; they thought of their taxes rather than of their children's education.

We should think of children's growth in character and understanding more than of their little faults and misdeeds; some of us can't see the wood for the trees.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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