In English, we often speak about things we can see. However, in many cases, we aren't referring to our eyes at all. For example, have you ever asked anyone if they can "see" what you mean? Language related to visuals is commonly used to express ideas and concepts.
Perhaps that's why there are so many idioms and expressions with the word "picture." Since a picture can include any kind of image, we can use it to talk about many different things.
This time, we'll introduce 9 common English expressions that include the word "picture." Take a look and see how many you know!
The big picture
"The big picture" refers to something large and complete rather than small or unimportant details.
When you ask someone to "picture" something, you are asking them to imagine something. In other words, you're telling them to create a picture in their mind.
We often use this expression when talking about fantasies or ideal situations.
Get the picture
If you "get the picture," it means you understand. This expression is a bit informal.
Enter the picture
Something that has "entered the picture" is now involved or has become important.
It can be used for people as well.
Out of the picture
This is the opposite of the previous expression. It refers to something that is no longer important or related. It can also be used to talk about people.
This is used as an adjective to describe a scene or situation that is excellent and has no faults.
A picture’s worth a thousand words
This popular expression communicates the idea that it's easier and quicker to get information from a photo than from words. It can also mean that one picture can inspire someone to think about or write many things.
Paint a __ picture
This idiom refers to an explanation or prediction about something or someone. It can be used in a positive, negative or neutral way depending on the adjective used with it.
The picture of health
Someone who is "the picture of health" is very healthy and usually active.
As you can see, pictures aren't only physical things we look at. Through these idioms, they also represent ideas, plans for the future, and things that we do (or don't) need to think about.
Try using one of these expressions in your next English conversation!