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    English Idiom (Out of the box)

    Dear Everyone,

    I'm from Cambodia. I'm studying English.
    Can anyone help me to explain about this word "out of the box"

    Thank in advanced.
    Lida

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    Re: English Idiom (Out of the box)

    Welcome to the forum, khylida.

    You will need to give us more context - at least a whole sentence.

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    Re: English Idiom (Out of the box)

    If something works out of the box, you don't have to set it up or change the settings, etc. You'll see it used with computers and gadgets- you can literally take them out of the box (unpack them) and start using them.

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    Re: English Idiom (Out of the box)

    Sometimes This usage is abbreviated to OOTB. Don't confuse this with 'thinking outside the box' (thinking iconoclastically/laterally/creatively/along non-traditional lines).

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    Re: English Idiom (Out of the box)

    There are multiple meanings:

    A product can be sold "out of the box". It is unwrapped. (Literal)

    Salesmen sometimes use the term to explain that the buyer does not have to do anything. (This is rarely used and confusing, maybe intentionally.)
    "It works out of the box"
    "It's an out of the box experience" meaning that everything has been done for you.


    "Thinking outside the box" means to have a creative and original idea.

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    Re: English Idiom (Out of the box)

    I don't know if he is asking this for Rihanna's lyrics (Out of box, out of line).

    I've always thought that it means that you do something not expected.

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