“Push the Envelope”

pʊš ðə ɛnvəlop

What does it mean?

to stretch established limits, as in technological advance or social innovation. (source: Dictionary.com)

to go further than the usual limits by doing something new, dangerous, etc.: We’re really pushing the envelope on this technology; a lot of other companies are just playing catch-up. (source Cambridge Dictionary).

-to approach the limits of what is possible or acceptable

Example Sentences:

My best friend likes to push the envelope when we go drinking by forcing me to drink too much.

My cousin is always pushing the envelope by criticizing his parents in rude ways.

Our teacher pushes the envelope by asking us to do activities that are very difficult.

A: Is everything okay?
B: Yes.
A: I don’t want to push the envelope, but what would you think if we started dating other people?
B: We’re married! That’s totally unacceptable!

(source: Idiom Meanings)

How can you get in on it?

We’re currently prepping our first show of Season 5! Editor and director Nicole Stewart is looking for seven storytellers, who she’ll help find the truthiest truths to share on stage in September. We need you to submit your true-life tales about pushing boundaries by doing something outside the norm, office mishaps, or sending out invitations of any kind (wedding, graduation, party, etc.)! Are you an mailman or calligrapher? Or maybe you work for a company that pushes paper? Or you have acted in such a way that pushed societal norms or the bounds of technology? Tell us about it!

To share your incredible “Push the Envelope” story with the Oral Fixation audience, send in your story ASAP. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 21st @ 6pm. The show will take place September 16th, at the Dallas City Performance Hall with a mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, September 12th from 12-4.

Need a little inspiration? Check out this laugh-out-loud clip of the best quotes from the ultimate envelope-pusher, your old friend Dwight from Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company on “The Office!”


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