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English translation: to think outside the box

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Dutch term or phrase:verder kijken dan je neus lang is
English translation:to think outside the box
Entered by: Inge Dijkstra
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16:38 Feb 11, 2007
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Linguistics / a person's qualities
Dutch term or phrase: je kijkt verder dan je neus lang is
Deze tekst komt voor in een opsomming van eigenschappen die een student heeft of zou moeten hebben als hij/zij zich voor een bepaalde studie wil inschrijven. Een stukje uit de context: "Je bent energiek en creatief en *je kijkt verder dan je neus lang is*. Je bent geboeid door wat er gaande is in bedrijven en je bent vooral geïnteresseerd in de mensen die daar werken."
Met de oplossing van de Grote Van Dale ben ik niet zo gelukkig (volgens mij veel te letterlijk): "you are able to see further than (the end of) your nose"; bovendien wordt het hier in de negatieve betekenis gebruikt (to be unable ... niet verder kijken dan ...). Is er een natuurlijker Engelse uitdrukking? Ik denk zelf aan iets met additional, supplementary of furthermore. Any help will be appreciated!
Inge Dijkstra
Netherlands
Local time: 20:08
think outside the box
Explanation:
I think the English version would be "can't see past/beyond the end of your nose", meaning self-involved, but I don't think there is an absolute opposite in English where you CAN see past the end of your nose.
In this context, thinking outside the box seems to be a popular expression meaning that you are not rigid, but flexible and can use your imagination. Whether that would fit or not....

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http://in.rediff.com/money/2006/jan/20guest.htm
It is never easy to 'think outside the box,' nor is it reflection of one's intelligence. For a given problem, some people tend to explore solutions in the unknown world, which requires creativity, mental toughness, agility and boldness. Often the individual is a leader in the true sense, but we do not have to be leaders to think outside the box.

http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/crosscuttings/thi...
The notion 'thinking outside the box' is far more than just another management cliché. It is a very powerful concept worthy of deeper consideration in today's complex and rapidly changing world
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CJG
Netherlands
Local time: 20:08
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think outside the box


Explanation:
I think the English version would be "can't see past/beyond the end of your nose", meaning self-involved, but I don't think there is an absolute opposite in English where you CAN see past the end of your nose.
In this context, thinking outside the box seems to be a popular expression meaning that you are not rigid, but flexible and can use your imagination. Whether that would fit or not....

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Note added at 13 mins (2007-02-11 16:51:45 GMT)
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http://in.rediff.com/money/2006/jan/20guest.htm
It is never easy to 'think outside the box,' nor is it reflection of one's intelligence. For a given problem, some people tend to explore solutions in the unknown world, which requires creativity, mental toughness, agility and boldness. Often the individual is a leader in the true sense, but we do not have to be leaders to think outside the box.

http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/crosscuttings/thi...
The notion 'thinking outside the box' is far more than just another management cliché. It is a very powerful concept worthy of deeper consideration in today's complex and rapidly changing world

CJG
Netherlands
Local time: 20:08
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
This is absolutely the best solution, thanks for your help!

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agree  Alice Saunders: good choice, probably the closest!
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agree  xxxJon O: awful management speak but neverthless the correct term
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