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focus
as in:  bring into focus; or out of focus


The bridge collapse brought aging infrastructure into focus as a political issue.
  a state where something has come into view or can be seen clearly

(Typically this is said of the appearance of an image or picture, but it can also be said of an issue or something else that get’s attention; or of an understanding that become clear.)
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  • The bridge collapse brought aging infrastructure into focus as a political issue.
  • The discussion brought into focus an important difference of opinion.
  • The picture is out of focus, but I think I recognize her.
  • Is the picture in focus.

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  • The blog is called Family-In Focus. Each entry discusses a common family challenge.
  • They didn’t show the man’s face in focus.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • He felt his feet hit solid ground, and stood, shaking, as the blurred shapes around him came suddenly into focus.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • The visions he and Voldemort were sharing had changed in quality; they had become blurred, shifting as though they were moving in and out of focus.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Where are you?! I demand an answer from myself and slowly the world comes into focus.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I stare fixedly at the little black specks on the sheet. ... Slowly, the words come into focus.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay

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  • He squinted, trying to make out what was on the other side, then gasped when it came into focus.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Everything was coming into sharp and terrifying focus; the story was starting to make sense: Ulysses was a superhero (probably), and Phyllis Buckman was his arch-nemesis (definitely).
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • She was standing with one foot in midair, with the dumbstruck look of one who had just been Obliviated: her eyes had even drifted out of focus.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • And then, as if the lens of a camera had sharpened its focus, the faces cleared.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The old woman’s eyes came to a focus upon Beatty.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Each time he made the turn, he saw only the white, unused, buckling sidewalk, with perhaps, on one night, something vanishing swiftly across a lawn before he could focus his eyes or speak.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Haymitch leans forward and dangles something on a thin white wire in front of my nose. It’s hard to focus on, but I’m pretty sure what it is.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • But under it, he had felt a sneaking little hope, swift and furtive like the course of a cockroach: if that threat took form, it would solve everything, save him from decision, save him from signing the letter …. he would not be President of Taggart Transcontinental any longer, but neither would anyone else …. neither would anyone else…… He sat, looking down at his desk, keeping his eyes and his mind out of focus.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Instantly, Mr. Roberts’s eyes slid out of focus, his brows unknitted, and a took of dreamy unconcern fell over his face.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Mrs. Cole’s eyes slid out of focus and back again as she gazed intently at the blank paper for a moment.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • She did not wish to see him again, not because she feared his influence, but because his presence always had the effect of cheapening her aspirations, of throwing her whole world out of focus.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Yet she and daily life were out of focus; one or the other must show blurred.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • My eyes were out of focus.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Things were going in and out of focus.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • Unfortunately, it’s black and white again and a little out of focus.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Her fingernails peeled down my hands and as soon as she broke contact with me her face switched out of focus again, became soft and runny like melting chocolate behind that blowing fog of cotton.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • She lifted her hands, cupped his face to keep it in focus.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • "My wife hired you!" cried Chamford, his words slurred, his eyes barely in focus.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The thing kept coming back to me and I tried to get inside it, inside the tremor, our faces sort of double-framed over the ice cubes in our drinks, flying out of focus, then in again—not to detail my own feelings but only to understand the hidden triggers of experience, the little delves and swerves that make a state of being.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Nothing’s really in focus yet.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Then his eyes go out of focus and he shuts up for a minute.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Now that I was closer—and my eyes felt oddly in focus—I analyzed the short, dark man’s face.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • This whole thing is definitely out of focus.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • What was much less in focus was his own reaction to her.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • In focus groups that we do, they still talk about how they miss it.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • The humidity had thickened the air, making the horizon seem out of focus.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • The screen was black at first, then out of focus, then everything came clear.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • The world seemed to be in focus today.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • The bluffs themselves seemed to be out of focus.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • I know… with the others back… must be hard… for you… Your face…" He seemed to be having a difficult time making his lips form the words, and his eyes went in and out of focus.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • There was no color to her everything was in black-and-white and her image kept flickering in and out of focus.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • Clary amused herself by letting her eyes fade in and out of focus, watching the glamour appear and disappear.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • She leaned toward him slowly, until her face was too close to be in focus.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • The scene outside her window was out of focus; lost in her thoughts, Julie gradually registered the faint sound of a branch thumping against the wall.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Then he was out of focus and I could no longer see him.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • …talking more easily, but keeping their voices low, not to wake the children, and the rattling of the dishes they were doing, and now and then their walking here or there along the floor; and mused with half-closed eyes which went in and out of focus with sleepiness, upon the slow twinkling of the millions of heavy leaves on the trees and the slow flashing of the blades of the corn, and nearer at hand, the hens dabbing in the pocked dirt yard and the ragged edge of the porch floor,…
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • He hadn’t done so badly, he thought, as the tableau of turbaned men slipped in and out of focus.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • There were a figure and a face, albeit out of focus.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Her eyes narrowed and were slightly out of focus.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • I couldn’t tell; it mightn’t be anything at all; you can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
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