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Saying in original language: not to see the wood for the trees
English translation of the saying: not to see the wood for the trees
Language: English
Meaning in English: If you say that someone can't see the wood for the trees, you mean that they are so involved in the details of something that they forget or do not realize the real purpose or importance of the thing as a whole. Usage: The main purpose of education is too often forgotten -- because of all the present arguments about different types of schools and different methods of teaching we are in danger of not seeing the wood for the trees.
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"Den Wald vor lauter Bäumen nicht sehen."
Not to see the forrest, because of all the trees in front of one's sight.
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"Sa nu vezi padurea de copaci"
Not to see the forest because of all the trees in it.
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