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push the envelope

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EtymologyEdit

push + the + envelope, from the boundary line on a graph of an aircraft's capabilities, especially those of height and speed. Engineering jargon (of the 1950s) popularized in Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff (1979).

VerbEdit

push the envelope

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) to go beyond established limits; to pioneer.
    They pushed the envelope on pricing derivatives.

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