Definition of out of the box in English:

out of the box

phrase

informal
  • 1Used 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My wife's laptop arrived in perfect shape, worked great right out of the box.’
    • ‘iPads have a hefty battery, and your new one likely has considerable charge out of the box.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Out of the box, the Freedom 2.4 looks sharp indeed.’
    • ‘Windows 7 comes with important safeguards out of the box, but it isn't hard to make it even more secure.’
    • ‘Maybe the most important aspect of any game is having it run properly right out of the box.’
    • ‘It can be set up straight 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.’
    1. 1.1US From the very beginning; immediately.
      ‘his family memoir was a ratings smash right out of the box’
      • ‘In addition, they have start paying for themselves straight 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You may not have this hot list out of the box, but you can hone it over time.’
      • ‘It's hard to find other producers who've enjoyed such distinguished success right out of the box.’
      • ‘Buckman's approach - going global right out of the box - would probably strike many as overly risky.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Today's high school quarterback comes better prepared to shine right out of the box.’
  • 2Australian NZ Unusually good.

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