blue-sky thinking


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blue-sky thinking

Thinking that is not limited to commonly accepted norms or beliefs. Everyone said Einstein was a fool when he was growing up, but his blue-sky thinking led to some of the greatest scientific advances of his time.
See also: thinking
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blue-sky thinking

Blue-sky thinking is when people try to find completely new ideas. In an admirable piece of blue-sky thinking, the party has begun attracting supporters from the world of fiction. This meeting will help us do a little blue-sky thinking.
See also: thinking
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This is the sort of blue-sky thinking we want from Labour.
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The blue-sky thinking in the report points towards a future where daily on-site attendance at school will have been replaced by on-line studying elsewhere.
Blue-sky thinking: I get there are situations in business where you need to look at something with fresh eyes and no preconceptions, but couldn't we use "original" or "creative" thinking to describe these instances?
They have to do something, so blue-sky thinking, or thinking outside the box, keeps them entertained.
"This is blue-sky thinking; I think everything on this list is 'do-able'; I don't think it would break any international law or breach any treaties.