think outside the box

Definition of think outside the box

:to explore ideas that are creative and unusual and that are not limited or controlled by rules or tradition
  • To solve this puzzle, you'll have to think outside the box.

Word by Word Definitions

think play
  1. : to form or have in the mind

  2. : to have as an intention

  3. : to have as an opinion

  1. : an act of thinking

  1. : relating to, requiring, or stimulating thinking

outside play
  1. : a place or region beyond an enclosure or boundary: such as

  2. : the world beyond the confines of an institution (such as a prison)

  3. : the world beyond the territory or state of Alaska

  1. : of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side or surface

  2. : of, relating to, or being on or toward the outer side of a curve or turn

  3. : of, relating to, or being on or near the outside

  1. : on or to the outside

  2. : outdoors

  1. used as a function word to indicate movement to or position on the outer side of

  2. : beyond the limits of

  3. : except

box play
  1. : an evergreen shrub or small tree (genus Buxus of the family Buxaceae, the box family) with opposite entire leaves and capsular fruits

  1. : a rigid typically rectangular container with or without a cover : such as

  2. : an open cargo container of a vehicle

  3. : coffin

  1. : to enclose in or as if in a box

  2. : to hem in (someone, such as an opponent)

  1. : a punch or slap especially on the ear

  1. : to hit (something, especially someone's ears) with the hand

  2. : to engage in boxing with

  3. : to fight with the fists : engage in boxing

  1. : to name the 32 points of (the compass) in their order


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