outside the box


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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 the box

Outside of or beyond what is considered usual, traditional, or conventional. I've been trying to think outside of the box about what I want this term paper to be about. I know the professor hates unoriginal ideas. OK, team, we need some ideas that are really outside the box if we're going to impress the CEO!
See also: box, outside

outside the box

Also, to think outside the box. To think or behave in an unconventional way, in a novel or often creative fashion. The “box” in question represents the limits of what is usually thought or done. In discussing a new surgical approach for treating multiple sclerosis, Denise Grady wrote, “The new theory has taken off on the Internet. . . . Supporters consider it an outside-the-box idea that could transform treatment of the disease” (New York Times, June 29, 2010). Novelist Jo Bannister similarly used the phrase adjectivally: “Instead of driving off he found himself indulging in some out-of-the-box thinking” (Liars All, 2009). And the Boston Globe headlined an article about an interdisciplinary program offering an alternative to classroom education, “Teaching Outside the Box” (August 18, 2010). See also thinking inside the box.
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Izquierdo increased their lead in first half added time with a curling shot from outside the box that beat Hart's dive, ahammer blow to the visitors who had improved and looked more likely to equalise.
A mobile phone app has also been set up on which customers can order drinks and a donation is made to Thinking Outside the Box to help them with future projects.
However, as Rangers got into their stride, Connor Brown's looping effort from outside the box fizzed just wide.
Many years later they showed a film of the build-up to the penalty and it showed it was outside the box.
No surprises with the scorer as Messi found time outside the box to lash in an early drive low past Van der Sar.
Living "outside the box" is helping minority women think outside the box on entrepreneurship.
In order to succeed this time, we must draw lessons from 17 years of negotiations, and think in a creative way and outside the box in order to reach practical solutions.
It is the authors' contention that there is no such thing as "thinking outside the box.
However, there is little time or energy left for explorations outside the box.
For this issue we asked our columnists and contributors to think outside the box .
IAN Holloway claimed that Albion should not have been awarded a penalty - insisting that Joe Martin's foul on Giles Barnes was outside the box.
In 42 minutes City defender Paul McLean looked to have handled outside the box but a spot-kick was awarded.
The referee, who was two metres away from the spot where the foul took place, took the right decision at first when he awarded a free kick outside the box.
The tackle was outside the box," said Tabb, "so the referee got it right in the end, although he looked to have given it at first.
Living Outside the Box does not focus upon what is wrong with too much TV, but rather the positive benefits of entirely eliminating TV from one's daily life.