Think Outside The Box | English Idioms

To think outside the box is to think freely and imaginatively. Compare this with think inside the box. When people think inside the box, their creativity is limited by the boundaries of the box. On the other hand, to think outside the box is to give a free rein to your imagination. Needless to say, leaders and thinkers always encourage people to think outside the box.

In this phrase, it is possible to use the word look instead of think.

To think inside the box is to think in a traditional manner.