Tony :That guy can't see the forest through the trees.
Google ngrams tells a tale of a tried and true phrase of "the forest for the trees" vs. a johnny-come-lately "the forest through the trees."
Finally seeing the forest
I hope this Google ngrams helps people finally see the forest here.
Martha Barnette said
… analogous expressions in other languages. Anyone know of one?
Part of a most magnificent and terrible poem:
Plus drôle que le poisson
Qui vit dans la mer sans savoir la mer.
By one translation with a tiny bit of liberty,
even stranger than the fish
that couldn't see the ocean for the water.
No, that's too much liberty!
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