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    Default "pushing the envelope"

    Where does this saying come from and what does it have to do with an envelope? What does it mean too? Thank you. I hear it alot on news shows, etc. Shows with intelectual discussions.

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    To push the envelope is to test your limits. It is to see what you can do and, perhaps, to see what you can get away with. I do not know the origin of the phrase.

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    I heard it came from the first supersonic aeroplane experiments.

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    Taken from http://phrases.shu.ac.uk :


    Meaning:

    Go to the limits of known performance.

    Origin:

    Originated with aeroplane industry where the limits of a plane's performance were marked on a two-dimensional graph. The envelope is the area of the graph that indicates safe usage. In use since the late 1970s.

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    This is what I was looking for in terms of it's origin. Thanks a million. I have wondered about this for I don't know how long and was very frustrated over it. tytytytytyty! :D



    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    Taken from http://phrases.shu.ac.uk :


    Meaning:

    Go to the limits of known performance.

    Origin:

    Originated with aeroplane industry where the limits of a plane's performance were marked on a two-dimensional graph. The envelope is the area of the graph that indicates safe usage. In use since the late 1970s.

    :D

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    Glad I could help. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper
    This is what I was looking for in terms of it's origin.
    Um, try its there.

    :)

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    Thanks, Shane- that confirms it.

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