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Trees for Forest phrase

Posted by Shae on June 18, 2003

In Reply to: Trees for Forest phrase posted by BJ Wlkr on June 18, 2003

: I saw in your archives a message about Can't see the forest for the trees. I have often heard it said in reverse. Can't see the trees for the forest. Which is right? And what does is the real meaning of it? Anyone know? I need an answer fast.

I'm fairly sure it's 'can't see the forest for the trees.' A person can't see the forest (overall picture) because he/she concentrates too much on the details (trees).