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reinvent the wheel

Fig. to make unnecessary or redundant preparations. You don't need to reinvent the wheel. Read up on what others have done. I don't have to reinvent the wheel, but I will be cautious before I act.
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reinvent the wheel

to discover how to do something that has already been discovered We've had a lot of experience with disasters, and don't have to reinvent the wheel every time something happens.
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reinvent the wheel

to waste time trying to develop products or systems that you think are original when in fact they have already been done before Why reinvent the wheel when there are drugs already on the market that are effective?
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reinvent the wheel

Do something again, from the beginning, especially in a needless or inefficient effort, as in School committees need not reinvent the wheel every time they try to improve the curriculum. This expression alludes to the invention of a simple but very important device that requires no improvement. [Second half of 1900s]
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reinvent the wheel

tv. to make unnecessary or redundant preparations. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Read up on what others have done.
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reinvent the wheel

To do or make something again, from the beginning, especially in a needless or inefficient effort.
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Malta should follow suit and not try to re- invent the wheel, WEEE Malta further added.
In the States, it seems people want to invent the wheel anew," Philippi says, adding that North Americans can learn from reading the German standards, now available in English.
We didn't invent the wheel, but it's not like we feel a lot of competition," Vidal says.
Will I try to invent the wheel if all humanity would benefit immeasurably from my invention but I'd get only $1,000?
Every new generation, it seems, has to invent the wheel.
He wasn't the maker of nations and didn't invent the wheel.
Well, if they are so good for you, how come the Eskimos did not invent the wheel, jet engine, computers, TVs, etc.
Instead of having to invent the wheel and set up a system on our own, we now have people that know how to distribute this product,'' Borsten said.