out of the envelope


out of the envelope
   acting eccentrically or without authority
   Pilots' jargon, the envelope being the parameters within which an aircraft is designed to perform, as to rates of climb, stall, turn, etc.:
    He's somewhat out of the envelope, to use an old test pilot's phrase. (BBC Radio 5, 26 June, 1994)

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