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    Push the envelope

    Hello,

    I have found out to push the envelope means to push the boundaries of what is possible. Could the idiom also mean to try new things?

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Push the envelope

    No, I don't think so.

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    Re: Push the envelope

    But this lady says it could be used so ...

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHogKmn9h-k#t=4m42s
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    Re: Push the envelope

    The phrase comes from the world of aviation, and particularly from the vocabulary of aeronautical engineers and test pilots. Each type of aircraft has a safe flight envelope consisting of limits on airspeed, attitude, acceleration, gross weight, centre of gravity etc. and combinations thereof. During flight testing prior to certification of the aircraft type the test pilots verify those limits by cautiously approaching them in flight. That is the original meaning of pushing the envelope.

    But as it has moved from jargon to general usage I think the meaning has expanded, and some people now use it to mean testing and exploring anything they have never tried before.
    Last edited by probus; 19-Dec-2016 at 02:50.

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