Out Of The Picture Meaning
(idiomatic, dated) Not suiting or attuned to the situation; incongruous.
Example: 1986, Margaret Truman, Murder at the FBI, ISBN 9780449206188, p. 191:
"Well, since Ross is pretty much out of the picture, you're sitting in the driver's seat."
2007 July 19, Justin Fox, "The End of Easy Money," Time:
By mid-2004, confident that deflation was out of the picture, the Fed began raising rates again.
2013 June 1, â€œEnd of the peer showâ€, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 71:
Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. [â€¦] Banks and credit-card firms are kept out of the picture. Talk to enough people in the field and someone is bound to mention the â€œdemocratisation of financeâ€.
1906, Richard Harding Davis, "Baron James Harden Hickey" in Real Soldiers of Fortune:
Harden-Hickey, in our day, was as incongruous a figure as was the American at the Court of King Arthur; he was as unhappily out of the picture as would be Cyrano de Bergerac on the floor of the Board of Trade.
1919, John Buchan, Mr. Standfast, ch. 20:
Only Peter was out of the picture. He was a strange, disconsolate figure, as he shifted about to ease his leg, or gazed incuriously from the window.
1921, Margaret Pedler, The Lamp of Fate, ch. 30:
Magda devoting her life to good works seemed altogether out of the picture!