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comment Etymology of the phrase “cannot see the forest for the trees”
@self By the way, the dictionary quote was from some unlabeled Old English dictionary (too late to edit previous comment).
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comment Etymology of the phrase “cannot see the forest for the trees”
@MarkBeadles How can the meaning of an idiom be "transparent"?
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comment Etymology of the phrase “cannot see the forest for the trees”
@MετάEd While I understand that you end up with the correct meaning if you swap in "because of" in place of "for", I'm not convinced of the etymology.
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comment Etymology of the phrase “cannot see the forest for the trees”
from home.comcast.net/~modean52/oeme_dictionaries.htm: for [] 1. prep w.i.d.a.; w.d.a. (local) before, in the sight of, in or into the presence of, as far as;
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