Can’t see the forest for the trees definition
An expression used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole: “The minister became so involved in the wording of his bill that he couldn’t see the forest for the trees; he did not realize that the bill could never pass.”
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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