push the envelope

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Etymology[edit]

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's The Right Stuff (1979).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Verb[edit]

push the envelope

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

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