think outside the box


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think outside (of) the box

To think of something that is outside of or beyond what is considered usual, traditional, or conventional; to think innovatively. I've been trying to think outside the box about what I want this term paper to be about. I know the professor hates unoriginal ideas. OK, team, we really need to think outside of the box if we're going to impress the CEO.
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think outside the box

Fig. to think freely, not bound by old, nonfunctional, or limiting structures, rules, or practices. (As if thinking or creativity were confined in or limited by a figurative box. Compare this with think inside the box.) You won't come up with good ideas until you think outside the box. Let's think outside the box for a minute and try to find a better solution.
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think outside the box

If you think outside the box, you have new and unusual ideas. They need to be able to think outside the box and move their role away from a purely technical focus.
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think outside the box

have ideas that are original, creative, or innovative. informal
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Now, think outside the box. When the new resident falls in line and complies with nursing home routine, does he or she succumb and surrender to the institution?
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After completing extensive research the authors believe the most appropriate meaning for education is Blendinger's and McGrath's (2000) "defined as a problem-solving power that everyone possesses when thinking differently from conventional thought." Frequently students are asked to think outside the box when presented with real life problems and asked to find a solution.
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It's really good to see that there are a few people who can think outside the box rather than crib about why the world around them is changing this way!
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I WOULD love to be able to comply with the request from Dave Pascoe of the UK Independence Party that we "think outside the box" at the next ballot (Voice of the North, July 18), but do we really have that much choice on who we vote for?
RICHARD Money today revealed that Walsall are not afraid to "think outside the box" as they seek to strengthen their squad this summer.
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We encouraged employees to think outside the box. We also explained that the employer looks at the total cost of an employee, which includes benefits, and that rising health care costs will have an impact on their salaries.
"At a conference like this, it's sometimes like a three-ring circus, but there are so many people there who think outside the box. It offers a different way of looking at things, and if you go in with an open mind, you can always learn something."
He sums up his suggestions by saying that bishops should "think outside the box." But Mr.