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    Question "It's quite out there".What's the meaning of it?

    The context:"Oh, I've had an idea.It's quite out there. Yes."
    Your help will be much appreciated.

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    Re: "It's quite out there".What's the meaning of it?

    It doesn't mean a lot to me. Where did you find such phraseology?

    Rgds

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    Re: "It's quite out there".What's the meaning of it?

    It's quite = It's very
    out there = unexpected, "out of the box thinking," fanciful, not a normal/traditional way of thinking
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "It's quite out there".What's the meaning of it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1 View Post
    It doesn't mean a lot to me. Where did you find such phraseology?

    Rgds
    In an new episode of a British TV series "Miranda".

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    Re: "It's quite out there".What's the meaning of it?

    Quote Originally Posted by on the way View Post
    In an new episode of a British TV series "Miranda".
    Hi,

    Interesting. I watch (and appreciate) 'Miranda' myself and hadn't spotted that usage.
    Picking up on Barb's comment, the use of 'quite' as she says, suggests the inverse of what's actually meant. Depending on the vocal inflection when it's spoken it could also be ironic.

    I also agree that 'out there' is likely to refer to out of the box thinking.
    As an aside though, I'm minded of the somewhat similar phrase "it's 'straight ahead" used in jazz circles to describe mainstream or modern jazz, where there's no inverse meaning meant.

    Regards

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