• To think out of the box means to think imaginatively using new ideas instead of traditional or expected ideas.
  • To think freely, not bound by old, nonfunctional, or limiting structures, rules or practices.
  • To develop ideas that are different and unusual.

1. Working at this company has really helped me to think outside the box.


2. Let’s try to think outside the box and see what we could come up with.


3. My boss is always pushing me to think outside the box.


4. I think if we identify the issue and think outside the box we can come up with a solution.

creative, imaginative, innovational, innovative, inspired, inventive, leading-edge, stimulating, visionary

Do more harm than good

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Do the unthinkable

To do the unthinkable means to do something unexpected. Impossible to imagine; inconceivable. Unreasonable; improbable; not to be considered; out of the question. 1. This store is doing the unthinkable and making their products more affordable. 2. Skateboarding isn't...

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To drop someone/something like a hot potato means to disassociate oneself with someone or something instantly. To discontinue; to get rid of very quickly. To quickly stop being involved with someone/something. 1. I dropped the idea like a hot potato because my boss...

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