can't see the wood for the trees
can't see the woods for the trees
can't see the forest for the trees
To be unable to judge or understand the whole because of attention to the parts; criticize small things and not see the value or the aim of the future achievement.
Не видеть за деревьями леса. Не быть в состоянии понять ситуацию в целом из-за того, что все внимание уделено мелочам.
Teachers sometimes notice language errors and do not see the good ideas in a composition; they cannot see the woods for the trees.
The voters defeated a bond issue for the new school because they couldn't see the forest for the trees; they thought of their taxes rather than of their children's education.
We should think of children's growth in character and understanding more than of their little faults and misdeeds; some of us can't see the wood for the trees.
The new manager found the situation so complicated that he couldn't see the wood for the trees.
Новому менеджеру ситуация показалась такой запутанной, что он сумел разглядеть ее причину.
To earn interest on invested capital.
My savings account draws 4.5% interest.
lay to rest
To put a dead person into a grave or tomb; bury.
President Kennedy was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
To get rid of; put away permanently; stop.
The Scoutmaster's fears that Tom had drowned were laid to rest when Tom came back and said he had gone for a boat ride.
The rumor that the principal had accepted another job was laid to rest when he said it wasn't true.
A position in which soldiers stand still, with feet apart and hands behind their backs.
The marines were at parade rest in front of the officials' platform.
To be convinced; persuaded; certain and unworried.
"Please rest assured," he said seriously, "that I will keep all of my promises."
rest on one's laurels
To be satisfied with the success you have already won; stop trying to win new honors.
Getting an A in chemistry almost caused Mike to rest on his laurels.
rest on one's oars
To stop trying; stop working for a while; rest.
The man who wants to become a millionaire can never rest on his oars.
A high school student who wants to go to college cannot rest on his oars.
A room or series of rooms in a public building which has things for personal comfort and grooming, such as toilets, washbowls, mirrors, and often chairs or couches.
Sally went to the rest room to powder her nose.