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outside (of) the box

Outside of or beyond what is considered usual, traditional, or conventional. I've been trying to think out of the box for my term paper topic because I know the professor hates unoriginal ideas. The plan was pretty outside of the box, but it sounded like it might just work.
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outside

/outside of the box
In a strikingly unconventional or original way: thinking outside the box.
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References in classic literature ?
Outside there began a metallic hammering, then a violent hooting, and then again, after a quiet interval, a hissing like the hissing of an engine.
As it progressed Anne became more and more abstracted, eating mechanically, with her big eyes fixed unswervingly and unseeingly on the sky outside the window.
I named that cherry-tree outside my bedroom window this morning.
The silence outside was broken once more; this time by a call for help.
It was almost a relief when the silence was disturbed once more by another sound outside the house.
Sometimes the wind sounded rather like a child crying, but presently Mistress Mary felt quite sure this sound was inside the house, not outside it.
Peter's claws were worn down; he was outside the tunnel, shuffling sand away.
When he was outside the house, he scratched up the earth with fury.
When once she was in the study in the top of the turret, she almost forgot the terrors which lay outside in the dark.
I should be certain of paying it back within a week at the outside, and if any lady or gentleman among my readers would kindly lend it me, I should be very much obliged indeed.
The situation was deservedly tense, and Ralph developed it with cautious care, making no abrupt movements, his eyes playing everywhere over dogs and leopards and the men outside with the prods and bars.
Men danced about outside, thrusting in with iron bars and trying to separate them.
I must stop the ladies and gentlemen outside from coming in.
No footsteps approached the door; no voices were audible outside.
On the outside I wrote this direction: "Keep the enclosure unopened until nine o'clock to-morrow morning.