master plan

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master plan (plural master plans)

  1. A comprehensive document that sets out an overall strategy; the strategy itself.
    • 1969, “The Creator Has a Master Plan”, in Karma, performed by Pharoah Sanders and Leon Thomas:
      The creator has a master plan / Peace and happiness for every man
    • 2014 July 22, Dan Shive, El Goonish Shive (webcomic), Comic for Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014:
      "Of course, this wasn't part of some master plan. I impulsively used my vast power to do something nice without thinking it through. And then something I didn't expect happened. Even though I should have expected it."
    • 2023 May 10, Elie Dolgin, “Scientists Unveil a More Diverse Human Genome”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Dr. Eric Green [] likens the pangenome to a new kind of bodywork manual for automotive repair shops. Whereas before, every mechanic only had the design specs for one kind of car, now there is a master plan that covers different makes and models.
  2. (architecture) A small-scale graphic outline that shows all the major elements of a project.