think inside the box

think inside the box

Fig. to think in traditional fashion, bound by old, nonfunctional, or limiting structures, rules, or practices. (As if thinking or creativity were confined or limited by a figurative box. Compare this with think outside the box.) You won't come up with good ideas if you think only inside the box. You guys only think inside the box and will never find a better solution.
See also: box, inside, think
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Your ideas are separate from your Think inside the box (avoid identity.
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So mad that you won't be able to think inside the box, let alone outside it.
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