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Not see the wood for the trees fail to grasp the main issue or gain a general view among a mass of details; the term is recorded from the mid 16th century.

touch wood said in order to prevent a confident statement from bringing bad luck (with reference to the custom of touching something wooden to ward off bad luck).

See also fields have eyes and woods have ears at field, don't halloo till you are out of the wood, hunger drives the wolf out of the wood, the same neck of the woods, wooden.

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