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miss the forest for the trees n.
to get so focused on the details or intricacies of something that you miss the big picture or the main point
His book subject is quite good, but he tends to miss the forest for the trees. (tending to get in too much detail and miss the essence).

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The act or offence of grubbing up trees and bushes, and thus destroying forest land. Or, the land thus destroyed.
[Leg.] English noun and verb
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1    to fail to reach, hit, meet, find, or attain (some specified or implied aim, goal, target, etc.)  
2    tr   to fail to attend or be present for  
to miss a train, to miss an appointment     
3    tr   to fail to see, hear, understand, or perceive  
to miss a point     
4    tr   to lose, overlook, or fail to take advantage of  
to miss an opportunity     
5    tr   to leave out; omit  
to miss an entry in a list     
6    tr   to discover or regret the loss or absence of  
he missed his watch, she missed him     
7    tr   to escape or avoid (something, esp. a danger), usually narrowly  
he missed death by inches     
8    miss the boat or bus   to lose an opportunity  
9    a failure to reach, hit, meet, find, etc.  
10    give (something) a miss  
Informal   to avoid (something)  
give the lecture a miss, give the pudding a miss        (See also)        miss out  
     (Old English missan (meaning: to fail to hit); related to Old High German missan, Old Norse missa)  
  missable      adj  
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miss, Miss, Miss, miss out