in the (larger/greater/grand) scheme of things

Meaning(s)

1. taking everything into consideration

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it's not that important in the larger/greater scheme of things

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Essentially, this expression is about putting things into perspective. Something considered on its own may seem to be a big issue, but when taking everything into account, or looked at 'in the greater scheme of things,' it may appear insignificant. For that reason, the expression is often used, in both a social and professional setting, to reassure or commiserate with somebody, or to clarify a situation.

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  1. People are often obsessed with making money, but in the greater scheme of things, friends and family are a lot more important.
  2. Stop worrying about your exams! In the grand scheme of things, they really aren't a big deal. 

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  1. I know you're down about not getting the job you interviewed for, but in the larger scheme of things, it is nothing more than a temporary setback.
  2. We have a number of fallbacks in place, so missing out on that contract should not matter in the greater scheme of things.

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