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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Rather than making them think out of the box, we focus more on making them think inside the box.
Vicious show chiefs think inside the box THE celebrities screamed in terror as they found themselves boxed in with critters during their latest trial, the aptly named Vicious Circle.
Even when told to think inside the box and within set boundaries, we still find new things to play on and explore.
You think inside the box and call on Computer Aid International to send a Zubabox a solar powered, all-in-one, internet-enabled IT classroom, equipped with 11 reconditioned computers.
Hours of nothing, then suddenly one bright spark pipes up: "Let's think INSIDE the box.
One constraint you definitely don't want, Stokes pointed out, is a shortage of skills and knowledge: "I am so annoyed at people always saying you have to think outside the box, because you can only think inside the box of your expertise.
If you think inside the box, start to think outside of it.
Converting a functioning hospital built in 1988 into a modern and welcoming primary school is just the kind of challenge we like--one that required us to think inside the box so to speak," says Michael D.
Your ideas are separate from your Think inside the box (avoid identity.
Quite often, academically successful youngsters are people who think inside the box.
SUTTON - For once, it has paid off to think inside the box.
17 Levels of vigilance or what happens when we think inside the box Lessons to be learnt from the TGN1412 incident at Northwick Park Hospital Les Rose
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Think inside the box - Try sundried tomatoes, adding them to sandwiches or sauces for a bit of pungency but check the salt content first.