push the envelope

Definition of push the envelope

: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

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

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

  3. : to thrust forward, downward, or outward

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

  2. : a military assault or offensive

  3. : an advance that overcomes obstacles

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

  2. : something that envelops : wrapper

  3. : the outer covering of an aerostat


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