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think outside the box

Meaning: If you think outside the box, you think creatively and without being restricted by common ideas or ways of thinking.

For example:

  • One of the reasons Gerry can solve problems so well is that he's able to think outside the box.

  • It takes a lot of imagination and creativity to think outside the box.

Quick Quiz:

In the idiom "think outside the box", the box is a symbol for
  1. a person's brain
  2. a creative way of thinking
  3. the usual way of thinking

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