Thinking outside the box
Written by John Millen
There are boxes all over the place. What sort of boxes are these?
1 a black box
a. a small machine that records information about an aircraft during flight
b. a container for storing clothes
2 a cool box
a. a container with a lid that is used for keeping food and drinks cold
b. a box that keeps ice frozen for a long time
3 a deed box
a. a small container for storing CDs
b. a lockable metal box in which important documents are kept
4 a jury box
a. the place in a court room where the jury sits
b. the room where a jury waits before going into the court room
5 a musical box
a. a room where musicians rehearse
b. a decorated box that plays a tune when you open the lid
6 a safe deposit box
a. a security box in a bank where you can keep things of value
b. a box to keep jewellery in
7 a voice box
a. the organ in your throat that makes sound
b. a large and powerful microphone
8 a tool box
a. a box where you keep bread
b. a container in which you keep hammers, screw-drivers etc.
The correct box
Choose the correct box to complete the sentence.
1 When they find the (deed box / black box), they'll know more about the plane crash.
2 Are there any more small screws in the (cool box / tool box)?
3 I keep my passport in a (black box / deed box) where we store all our important household documents.
4 He won't be singing for about six months. He's damaged his (musical box / voice box).
5 Will the people in the (jury box / deed box) please stand?
6 We should hire a (cool box / safe deposit box) at the bank to store these valuable pieces of jewellery.
What do these phrasal verbs mean?
1 to box clever
a. to pretend you are clever when you are not
b. to act in a very clever manner to get your own way
2 to shadow box
a. to practise boxing moves by fighting with an imaginary partner
b. to take boxing lessons at the gym
3 to box someone's ears
a. to hit someone on the ears as a punishment
b. to tell someone they have very big ears
4 to box someone in
a. to prevent someone from doing what they want to do
b. to spend a lot of unnecessary money
5 to think outside the box
a. think in a different way; creative, smart thinking
b. to consider buying someone a very expensive gift
Complete these role-playing sentences with the correct phrase.
1 I don't want to be (boxed in / outside the box) by stupid rules.
2 I intend to (box very clever / shadow box) then I'm sure he will ask me out.
3 I've started (boxing clever / shadow boxing) at the gym and it's great for my arm muscles.
4 I will (box your ears / box you in) if you use bad language again!
5 You should (shadow box / think outside the box) on this project, then I'm sure you will get interesting results.
Role playing: 1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. a, 5. a, 6. b, 7. b, 8. a
Missing letters: 1. conditioner, 2. wig, 3. shampoo, 4. bald, 5. scalp, 6. beard, 7. dandruff, 8. parting
Hair sentences: fringe, hair dryer, ponytail, sideburns, hair extensions