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not-invented-here syndrome

A prejudicial belief that products, systems, software, etc., that were not developed within a company or organization are not as suitable or well made as those that are created in-house. I think the boss's not-invented-here-syndrome stems from experiences he had using third-party software in his previous business, which apparently cost them thousands of dollars trying to implement.
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didn't invent gunpowder

Rur. did not do anything terribly important. He may be the class president, but he didn't invent gunpowder. What's all this fuss about a movie star? She didn't invent gunpowder!
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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.

Prov. People need a deity to worship. (This is an English translation of a quote from Voltaire. It is often parodied, using a person's name instead of God and implying that the person is somehow necessary.) The atheist tried to convince Jerry that God does not exist, and that people should not waste their time worshiping Him. "But you can't stop people from worshiping God," Jerry replied. "If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him." The unscrupulous mayor was such a convenient scapegoat for the city's problems that if she had not existed, it would have been necessary to invent her.
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make something up out of whole cloth

Fig. to fabricate a story or a lie. That's a lie. You just made that up out of whole cloth. That's a lie. You just made up that story out of whole cloth.
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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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make something up out of whole cloth

  (American) also invent something out of whole cloth (American)
if a story or excuse is made up out of whole cloth, it is not true Yet the explanation was too strange for Joan to have made up out of whole cloth.
See also: cloth, make, of, out, up, whole

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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Innovators who will stay at the Rashtrapati Bhavan are Gurmail Singh Dhonsi who invented rapid compost aerator and tree pruner, Dharamveer Kamboj who invented Multipurpose processing machine, Manisha Mohan who invented society harnessing equipment (SHE), M.
The first flush toilet was actually invented by Sir John Harrington, who installed a working prototype in the palace of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century.
FATHER Ted star Frank Kelly says he is sick of people thinking he invented the foul-mouthed expletive 'feck off'.
DANG, April 24 -- Marshal Roka and Shubham Singh of Ghorahi-11, Bhanuchok have invented a new machine in series of such inventions by them for some time in the past.
A teenage plowing a potato field in 1920 had an idea of a way to 'make pictures fly through the air' and eight years later he made his idea a reality and invented television.
They ploughed on, expanding into software like Office with Word (where they invented spelling) Excel (where they invented hard sums) and Powerpoint, (where they invented boring meetings).
A man, who will remain nameless here, invented Whiff, designed to make human waste and gas odorless.
Our boffins have created wonderful inventions that have changed the lives of everyone on the planet, be it the birth of the locomotive steam engine invented by Stephenson, the electric light bulb designed by Swan or the many great inventions of Lord Armstrong.
will tell you that the burger was invented there in the early 1900s, at a Local eatery called Louis' Lunch.
English chemist John Walker invented matches but never patented his idea because he felt such an important item should be public property.
The experience, though, had already sparked the desire in Rubin to produce helpful gadgets and it wasn't long before he started another company with a telescope he invented after reading an article about record telescope sales the last time Halley's Comet passed the earth.
For example, bubble wrap was invented in the 1950s as space-age wall insulation' a swiss engineer invented Velcro in 1952' and a native American chef invented crisps in 1853 not Gary Lineker as most kids think.
During a rather annoying trek up the M1 last week, I invented a new word.
With two pine boards strapped to his feet, 18-year-old Lake Pepin fisherman and sports enthusiast Samuelson invented water skiing and launched both a sport and an industry.
Besides experimenting with electricity, this great man invented bifocals, the Franklin stove, and the odometer (an instrument that measures distances).