Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(push/expand) the (boundaries/frontiers/limits)

push the boundariesexpand the boundaries
Meaning(s)
1) to go beyond what is expected
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    • push the boundaries of science/knowledge
  • Analysis

    To 'push' something mean to exert pressure on something in order to move something forward or away from yourself. To 'expand' means to make something larger or enable something to extend.  A 'boundary', 'frontier' or 'limit'  is a designated barrier. If you push or expand beyond the boundaries, frontiers or limits of something or somewhere you aim to extend beyond the established norms or constrains of something. If you expand beyond boundaries, frontiers or limits you manage to succeed in passing the recognised boundaries into new areas or new ground.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The artist Salvador Dali really pushed the boundaries of Surrealism.

    2. She had to really push the boundaries to make her suggestion stand out from the crowd.
    3. Virgin Galactic is really pushing the boundaries of science with its latest upper atmosphere test flight.
    4. Okay, everyone, I want you all to really push the limits this time. Be better than before.
    5. My children always push the boundaries with me. They never just follow the rules.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Cutting-edge Virtual Assistant software is expanding the frontiers of artificial intelligence.
    2. We aim to push the boundaries of food science to bring you nutritious products that are also kind to the environment.
    3. We are pushed to the limits of what we can achieve in terms of cost-saving. We need to look at new revenue streams.
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