think inside the box

think inside the box

To have a very conventional, traditional, or uncreative way of thinking or coming up with ideas. The company is in dire straits, ladies and gentlemen. We can no longer keep thinking inside the box if we want to survive. I love really imaginative stories, but I just can't help thinking inside the box whenever I try to write one of my own.
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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.
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thinking inside the box

Follow tested paths that have been proven effective. In an article on relationships entitled, “Thinking Inside the Box,” Eliezer Sobel concluded that both relationships and health care benefit from thinking inside the box. “When seeking professional help,” he wrote, “find people inside the box. Especially dentists. Things outside that box can get really scary” (Huffington Post, August 10, 2010). See also outside the box.
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* I don't think inside the box. I don't think outside the box, either.
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We will work and think inside The Box to create positive and disruptive changes outside the box.'
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Rather than making them think out of the box, we focus more on making them think inside the box. The book also highlights on parenting and schooling system, and special situations of children like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism.
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.
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