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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.
put on (one's) thinking cap
To begin thinking or considering very carefully and seriously (about something). If we all put on our thinking caps, I'm sure we can come up with a way to earn enough money to go to the baseball game this weekend. A: "Well, boss, what do you think we should do?" B: "Just let me put on my thinking cap for a minute."
To verbalize one's thoughts. A: "And I guess I should also pick up some plywood while we're out…" B: "Pardon me?" A: "Sorry, I'm just thinking aloud!"
think (one's) shit doesn't stink
vulgar slang To assume an air of arrogance, condescension, or superiority over others; to think that one is better or more refined than other people. Look at her, hobnobbing with the rich upper crust and refusing to come talk to us. Just when did she start thinking her shit doesn't stink?
think (one's) shit don't stink
vulgar slang To assume an air of arrogance, condescension, or superiority over others; to think that one is better or more refined than other people. Look at her, hobnobbing with the rich upper crust and refusing to come talk to us. Just when did she start thinking her shit don't stink?
get (one's) thinking cap on
To begin thinking or considering very carefully and seriously (about something), often to solve a problem. OK, fellas, if we all get our thinking caps on, I'm sure we can come up with a way to earn enough money to go to the baseball game this weekend. A: "Well, boss, what do you think we should do?" B: "Just let me get my thinking cap on for a minute."
have (one's) thinking cap on
To be using, or be ready to use, the utmost of one's intellectual abilities; to be able or ready to think very carefully and seriously (about something), often to solve a problem. I'm really excited for the pub quiz tonight! Does everyone have their thinking caps on? OK fellas, if we all have our thinking caps on, I'm sure we can come up with a way to earn enough money to go to the baseball game this weekend.
put (one's) thinking cap on
To begin thinking very hard about something, especially a solution to a problem. If we all put our thinking caps on, I'm sure we can come up with a way to earn enough money to go to the baseball game this weekend. A: "Well, boss, what do you think we should do?" B: "Just let me put my thinking cap on for a minute."
think out loud
To verbalize one's thoughts, especially when trying to produce a solution or conclusion about something. Those weren't really suggestions for a solution, I was just thinking out loud. OK, so we've got 20 over there, 10 from the last one, five pending—sorry, I was thinking out loud.
the thinking man's/women's crumpet
One who is considered both intelligent and attractive, and is therefore sexually desirable. It's clear that she's trying to present herself as the thinking man's crumpet, always carrying around those books.
think long and hard
To consider something very carefully and thoroughly. You better think long and hard about the next words you say, because you are on thin ice, mister. I thought long and hard about what colleges I want to apply to—it wasn't just a rash decision.
1. To have an inner monologue; to make a statement to oneself in one's mind, without saying it out loud. I had a moment where I thought to myself, "Why am I even working here?" I'm sure they don't think to themselves, "What if we're the bad guys?" They just don't care.
2. To have the idea to do something. I'm sorry, I didn't think to run the dishwasher before we left.
think outside the box
To think of something that is 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 really need to think outside the box if we're going to impress the CEO!
To focus on optimistic, upbeat thoughts. Oh, think positive—there's no reason to believe you won't get the job.
(I'm) (just) thinking out loud.
Fig. I'm saying things that might better remain as private thoughts. (A way of characterizing or introducing one's opinions or thoughts. Also past tense.) Sue: What are you saying, anyway? Sounds like you're scolding someone. Bob: Oh, sorry. I was just thinking out loud. Bob: Now, this goes over here. Bill: You want me to move that? Bob: Oh, no. Just thinking out loud.
put one's thinking cap on
Fig. to start thinking in a serious manner. (Usually used with children.) It's time to put our thinking caps on, children. All right now, let's put on our thinking caps and do some arithmetic.
think out loud
Fig. to say one's thoughts aloud. Excuse me. I didn't really mean to say that. I was just thinking out loud. Mr. Johnson didn't prepare a speech. He just stood there and thought out loud. It was a terrible presentation.
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.
to someone's way of thinking
in someone's opinion. This isn't satisfactory to my way of thinking. To my way of thinking, this is the perfect kind of vacation.
believing that something is true or that something will happen just because one wishes that it were true or would happen. Hoping for a car as a birthday present is just wishful thinking. Your parents can't afford it. Mary thinks that she is going to get a big raise, but that's wishful thinking. Her boss is so tight with money.
put on one's thinking cap
Think or reflect seriously, as in A new slogan? I'll have to put on my thinking cap for that. This term originated in the late 1800s and replaced considering cap, which dates from the early 1600s.
Speak one's thoughts audibly, as in We need flour, sugar, butter-I'm just thinking aloud. [Early 1700s]
Be optimistic, concentrate on the good rather than the bad, as in It's true you were fired but think positive-now you can look for a job you really like . This expression comes from the psychological doctrine of positive thinking, which gained currency with Norman Vincent Peale's popular book, The Power of Positive Thinking (1953). [Second half of 1900s]
Interpreting matters as one would like them to be, as opposed to what they really are. For example, Matthew wanted to be a basketball player, but with his height that was wishful thinking. This term comes from Freudian psychology of the mid-1920s and soon began to be used more loosely.
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.
put your thinking cap onor
get your thinking cap on
If you put your thinking cap on or get your thinking cap on, you try hard to solve a problem by thinking about it. We need to put our thinking caps on and decide what can be done to prevent the problem. We've got five pairs of boots to give away, so get your thinking caps on and answer the following questions. Note: This expression may refer to the cap which judges used to wear when passing sentence or judgment.
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.