think outside the box

This page is about the idiom think outside the box


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

a. a person's brain

b. a creative way of thinking

c. the usual way of thinking

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Contributor: Matt Errey