out of the box

  • modgirl

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    USA English, French, Russian
    Context would be helplful......

    Edit: Slight mental lapse on my part. However, context almost always helps everyone to give the best answer to your enquiry.


    Senior Member
    Southern AE greatly modified by a 1st-generation Scottish-American mother, and growing up abroad.
    Thinking "out of the box" or "beyond the box" is a trendy expression meaning to be daring or original in solving problems. To escape old "paradigms" and push beyond the old "parameters." Similar to "pushing the envelope."

    It means coming up with original, unconventional or custom-tailored ideas, the kind you don't just buy "off the shelf" and take out of the box, ready-made for use.


    Senior Member
    And, still free of the inconvenience of context, there is another possibility:

    Brand new, unused. "It's right out of the box, but I'll sell it to you for half the store price."
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