can't see the forest for the trees
when you can't see the whole situation because you're focusing on the little details or you're too involvedContext:
-James, I think we might not make it...
-Donna, I don't think we can't see the forest for the trees at this stage, so let's just get on with the journey, ok?
-But can't you see? The GPS is saying we'll be there in an hour and the party starts at 1 o'clock! We'll never make it!
-Well, if you would just look out the window you'd see that we just entered Bar Harbor so that means we're actually 10 minutes away! The GPS is wrong!
-Oh, I didn't see that...
-You see... no need to panic!
Notes: The British and Australian equivalent is "can't see the wood for the trees".
The British and Australian equivalent is "can't see the wood for the trees".
Category: c, american, nature,plants