What it means:
If you think outside the box, you think in an imaginative and creative way.
How to use it:
People tend to use this idiom as a way to encourage others to be creative. It does not only refer to arts and crafts but anything that might be done in a non conventional way.
- People who live in extremely small apartments have to think outside the box to make a comfortable living space.
- You could be trying to solve a riddle and someone tells you to think outside the box. This means do not do what seems obvious, think further.
Other interesting idioms:
Take a nosedive – When things take a nosedive, they decline very quickly and head towards disaster.
Take by storm – To take by storm means to captivate- eg. A new play that took New York City by storm.
The ball’s in your court – If somebody says this to you, they mean that it’s up to you to decide or take the next step.
The grass is always greener – This idiom means that what other people have or do looks preferable to our life. The complete phrase is ‘The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’.