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"Think outside the box" - phrase of the week

Commonly used phrases and sayings from the English language.

Phrase

"Think outside the box"

Examples

  • We encourage our staff to think outside the box
  • I don’t think he is capable of thinking outside the box

Meaning

A way of problem solving that doesn’t follow the usual ways of thinking. The image of a box is  used as a metaphor for old style thinking that is not helpful in solving problems and unimaginative, as a box is square, closed and doesn’t allow for change

Uses

Often associated with creative thinking

That's interesting!

"Blue sky thinking" originates from the same area of management speak. It replaces "think outside the box" as this term can often seen as clichéd.

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