bird's-eye view

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bird's-eye view (plural bird's-eye views)

  1. (idiomatic) The view from directly or high above.
    Looking down from the seventh floor balcony gave them a bird's-eye view of the street below.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VIII:
      “What makes you think there is a mouse in this room?” “The evidence points that way.” [...] “And why were you standing on a chair?” “Sort of just trying to get a bird's-eye view, as it were.” “Do you often go looking for mice in other people's rooms?”
  2. (by extension) A general overview or summary of a topic.


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