push the envelope

Definition of push the envelope

  1. :  to go beyond the usual or normal limits by doing something new, dangerous, etc. a director who has pushed the envelope in his recent films a new airplane design that pushes the envelope

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to press against with force in order to drive or impel

    :  to move or endeavor to move away or ahead by steady pressure without striking

    :  to thrust forward, downward, or outward

  1. :  a vigorous effort to attain an end :  drive:

    :  a military assault or offensive

    :  an advance that overcomes obstacles

  1. :  a flat usually paper container (as for a letter)

    :  something that envelops :  wrapper

    :  the outer covering of an aerostat

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