soda straw effect
 n.— «One of the great difficulties of assessing the war is overcoming what some officers call the “soda straw effect,” i.e., having a constricted view during travels but thinking that what you’re seeing somehow represents the entirety of the country.» —“Fallujah catches its breath” by David J. Morris in Fallujah, Iraq Salon Aug. 21, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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