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push the envelope

To go beyond established limits; to pioneer.

Etymology:

  • From the boundary line on a graph of an aircraft's capabilities, especially those of height and speed. Engineering jargon popularized in Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff.
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They pushed the envelope on pricing derivatives.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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Schieben Sie den Umschlag

duw de envelop

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