out of the box


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out of the box

1. (hyphenated if used before a noun) Of a product, existing or ready to use upon opening; prefabricated; requiring no assembly, installation, modification, etc., by the user or customer. The software is robust enough out of the box that everyday users will find it most of what they need already. The new smartphone boasts some really astounding out-of-the-box features for even the most inexperienced users to play around with.
2. Outside of or beyond what is considered usual, traditional, or conventional. (A less common shortening of "outside (of) the box.") I've been trying to think out of the box for my term paper topic because I know the professor hates unoriginal ideas. OK, team, we need some real out-of-the-box ideas if we want this project to succeed.
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out of the box

If you buy something such as a computer or software and you can use it out of the box, you can use it immediately. The computer industry has yet to sell a PC which can be used by a novice, straight out of the box. You can, thank goodness, also use Origin straight out of the box.
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out of the box

unusually good. Australian & New Zealand informal
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