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.
See also: box, of, out