to think outside the square

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - think outside the square

"to think outside the square"

to think imaginatively using new ideas instead of traditional or expected ideas


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - think outside the square

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How are we going to get this job done? The old conservative methods are simply not going to work for us.

Colleague 2:  I suppose that we will have to think outside the square.

Colleague 1:  Like printing our packaging upside down or not using packaging at all.

Colleague 2:  Yes. That is the sort of creative thinking that will help.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - think outside the square

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  We have what seems to be an impossible schedule. Two kids each with three extracurricular activities and both of us with full-time jobs. Something will have to change. Maybe the kids could stop some of their activities.

Husband:  If we think outside the square, we can make this work. We could buy an electric bicycle for Junior. He is old enough to get to soccer practice on his own.

Wife:  Good idea and Junior would like that. What about the idea of asking our employers to adopt a flex-time work schedule?

Husband:  That is inspired. I like that idea. That could definitely work.

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to think outside the square - Gerund Form:

Thinking outside the square is how most great discoveries are made.

to think outside the square - Examples:

1)  Critical thinking and the ability to think outside the square are crucial for the advancement of any society.

2)  ... but I tried to think outside the square and do unique things.

3)  ... as compared to young people who have refused to think outside the square and so have settled for things far less than what they actually deserve.

4)  I think you need to be able to think outside the square and do things differently.

5)  Think outside the square -- creatively look for new situations and circumstances for which to feel grateful.

6)  We need to think outside the square so that we can see how we can generate good ideas to get us out ...

7)  The very fact that I use my camera, think outside the square and create ideas from concept to delivery everyday has been eye opening and exciting and ...

8)  ... relevant in the scheme of things, they must be creative and think outside the square.

9)  ... about this difficult time is that it now pushes job seekers to think outside the square. They find themselves employing creative maneuvers and unorthodox tactics.

10)  ... but with the Storytellers Contest, you have to be creative and think outside the square.

11)  Women like you who submit to the patriarchy and refuse to think outside the square are the reason feminism finds it hard to move forward.

12)  ... exciting and thought provoking theatre and are always looking for ways to think outside the square. Creating work by and for young people.

13)  ... the art kids are showing the metals kids how to think outside the square and be creative.

14)  I wasn't so keen to step outside my comfort zone or think outside the square on what I was wearing.

15)  ... pursue all creative endeavours. I remember him always telling us to think outside the square... think differently!

16)  ... argued that business owners needed to think outside the square to identify the hidden prospects.

17)  ... lots of opportunities to be creative, imaginative and the opportunity to think outside the square is really important, not just for children's education into the future, but ...

18)  If you think outside the square, anything you have on hand can be used to get the job done.

19)  ... we must think outside the square, develop a lot of innovative engineering concepts that will impact positively and define the ...

20)  If you're in the kind of business where people think outside the square, run things up flagpoles and throw things at the wall to see what sticks ...