Meaning of out of the box in English:

out of the box


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    (also right out of the box)
    informal Used to refer to the immediate usability or functionality of a newly purchased product, typically an electronic device or a piece of software.

    • ‘most laptops come with wireless capability out of the box’
    • ‘console games need to be good to go right out of the box’
    • ‘the product is designed as an out-of-the-box portal for the medium to large enterprise’
    • ‘Maybe the most important aspect of any game is having it run properly right out of the box.’
    • ‘You don't need to know anything technical about any of this because the user interface and the configuration is set up properly right out of the box.’
    • ‘Windows 7 comes with important safeguards out of the box, but it isn't hard to make it even more secure.’
    • ‘iPads have a hefty battery, and your new one likely has considerable charge out of the box.’
    • ‘My wife's laptop arrived in perfect shape, worked great right out of the box.’
    • ‘Out of the box, the Freedom 2.4 looks sharp indeed.’
    • ‘It can be set up straight out of the box.’
    • ‘You are getting a "clean integration", no third party ads on your desktop out of the box, nothing extra on your hard drive eating up valuable space.’
    • ‘That why I think it's very promising that the PS3 has dual display support out of the box.’
    • ‘With any newly installed computer data backup system, don't assume everything works correctly right out of the box.’
    1. 1.1mainly US From the very beginning; immediately.
      ‘his family memoir was a ratings smash right out of the box’
      • ‘It's hard to find other producers who've enjoyed such distinguished success right out of the box.’
      • ‘Today's high school quarterback comes better prepared to shine right out of the box.’
      • ‘In addition, they have start paying for themselves straight out of the box.’
      • ‘Distributors didn't think that every film had to gross $150 million out of the box.’
      • ‘I see too many publishers come in and expect to hit home runs the first time out of the box.’
      • ‘Buckman's approach - going global right out of the box - would probably strike many as overly risky.’
      • ‘You may not have this hot list out of the box, but you can hone it over time.’
      • ‘To fault Mad About You for not being perfect out of the box (and it's the rare show that is) is unfair.’
      • ‘I think we had some good chemistry, you know, between the two of us right out of the box.’
      • ‘We had to work pretty hard to gain some speed back that we had expected to have right out of the box.’
  • 2Australian, New Zealand informal Unusually good.

    • ‘the novel is nothing out of the box’
    • ‘I've studied plenty of sportspeople and he is one out of the box’
    • ‘Someone who thinks he is out of the box will be constantly scrabbling for support of that belief.’
    • ‘The trouble with a result like this morning's, it was so out of the box that it will in fact affect the long term trend.’
    • ‘This seriously intelligent interpretation is one out of the box.’
    • ‘He is one out of the box in his behaviour at estimates!’
    • ‘Though his legacy is debatable, no-one can deny that he was one out of the box.’
    • ‘The morning was one out of the box, and I sucked in great lungfuls of mountain air.’


    By association with the phrase look fresh out of a bandbox ‘look very smart’ (see bandbox).