Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

think outside the box

think outside the box
1) think in an original or creative way, be inspired to do something new
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    • need to think outside the box
  • Analysis
     To 'think outside the box' is a metaphor that means to think differently, creatively and innovatively. This is a well-used phrase in the business world to urge people to come up with new and exciting ideas.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The teacher encouraged his students to think outside the box when choosing their essay titles, so they wouldn't be the same as usual.
    2. Paramedics must think outside the box when faced with unusual circumstances.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Humans are still able to think outside the box in a way that computers have not been able to master.
    2. Stating a goal at the beginning of a brainstorming session already constrains people from thinking outside the box.
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