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    But what can happen when we feel in the spotlight, or when we need to deliver, is that the confident, comfortable and engaging person our friends recognize can drain away to leave a drier, less effective version of ourselves. We might disappear into a rabbit hole of detail.

    What is the meaning of "detail"?

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    Focusing on small parts rather than the whole of a project.
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    Re: Detail

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Focusing on small parts rather than the whole of a project.
    We might disappear into a rabbit hole of detail=Focusing on small parts rather than the whole of a project.?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    We might disappear into a rabbit hole of detail=Focusing on small parts rather than the whole of a project.?
    Yes; to such an extent that you lose sight of your original purpose.

    Don't put a period ("full stop" in British English) before a question mark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    The audience might appreciate the details.
    Indeed, but I think if a speaker goes too deep into detail, they may not have enough time to cover everything in their speech.

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    I assume the rabbit hole is a reference to Alice in Wonderland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%...onderland#Plot

    Alice falls down a rabbit hole into a strange and imaginary world.

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    I suppose so. I have seen like three fourths of the movie but never finished it.
    Last edited by andrewg927; 03-Jun-2017 at 23:33. Reason: fixing typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    three forth of the movie
    Do you mean 'three fourths'? That would normally be 'three-quarters' in BrE.

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    Right. It would normally be three quarters in AE too. For some reason, I chose to write three fourths. I don't know why.

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    I find three fourths equally as natural as three quarters.

    Andrew, if you've never read Alice in Wonderland, you should correct the oversight ASAP.
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