Think out of the box

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lalda222

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Dear Teachers, Please explain. Think out of the box




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Anglika

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Please please give context for your questions. These phrases need background.

What is the context in which you met this phrase?
 

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American expression: To "think outside of the box" is to think of ideas that are new and creative, outside of the normal way of doing things.

Our boss asked us to think outside of the box about the problem and come up with a solution.
 

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Hi, lalda222!

It is often said that to be more creative we need to “think outside of the box”, but what is the box? Imagine actually living in a box, and knowing the outside world only through the pictures and descriptions written on those four walls. Even the best pictures and most accurate descriptions couldn't provide a true picture of the world outside.

This metaphor is a great one for understanding how limited our thinking can be, and it suggests an obvious solution as well. The further “outside of the box” you can imagine, the more creative your ideas become.

Cheers,
Amigo
 
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