tour de horizon

Idiom

Tour de Horizon

Definition

A tour de horizon is a quick overview of a wide range of topics to provide a general understanding of a subject.

Examples

We took a tour de horizon of the current political climate.

The professor gave us a tour de horizon of the main theories in the field of sociology.

Origin

This idiom comes from the French phrase tour d’horizon, which literally means to “turn around the horizon”. It first appeared in English in the early 1900s.

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