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reinvent (oneself)

To create a new style or persona for oneself; to change one's career, pursuits, or way of life. As a teenager, I was always trying to reinvent myself to be cooler or more mysterious. If you're feeling stuck in a rut with your job, maybe it's time to reinvent yourself.
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reinvent the wheel

To do something in a wholly and drastically new way, often unnecessarily. (Usually used in negative constructions.) The film doesn't reinvent the wheel for action films, but it adds enough clever twists on the genre to still feel fresh and new. The company is often criticized for trying to reinvent the wheel every time they bring a new product to market, adding gimmicks and innovations nobody wanted or asked for.
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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

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

If someone reinvents the wheel, they develop an idea or project that they consider new or different, when it is really no better than something that already exists. To avoid reinventing the wheel, it is important that managers are familiar with established research findings in this area. The problem is that they tend to reinvent the wheel each time they are called upon to respond to a new refugee emergency.
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reinvent the wheel

waste a great deal of time or effort in creating something that already exists or doing something that has already been done.
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reinvent the ˈwheel

waste time creating something that already exists and works well: There’s no point in us reinventing the wheel. Why can’t we just leave things as they are?
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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 (oneself)

To take up a different career or a different way of life.

reinvent the wheel

To do or make something again, from the beginning, especially in a needless or inefficient effort.
See also: reinvent, wheel
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You need constancy of purpose to reinvent yourself.
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Our goal in sponsoring the summit is to create a forum where the CPG and retail industry leaders can share their thinking on what they're doing to reinvent the industry and their companies," points out IRI chairman Romesh Wadhwani.
His springboard for the intro was "We Reinvent The Wheels.
For those who want to get out of the impasses of critical theory today and to reinvent aesthetics, it is perhaps useful to bear in mind three larger philosophical principles Deleuze elaborated in his own way during the '80s.
Women continue to represent a vast reservoir of untapped talent for leadership positions, begging the question of whether policymakers can reinvent the principalship in ways that appeal to women.
Five years ago, IBM set out to reinvent the UNIX server, and today we are delivering groundbreaking technologies never before seen in UNIX systems," said Rod Adkins, general manager, IBM eServer pSeries.
One of the CEO's primary responsibilities is to constantly lead the charge to reinvent his or her company, so it can keep pace with ever-evolving customer demands and improving competitive offerings.
As a result of the outside pressure, groups consisting of FMS experts from industry and government are now trying to reinvent the Navy FMS process to make it more efficient and to reduce the cost of delivered hardware and services.
As I came to understand his identity--how his passing as a guy, dating women, stealing, and lying were all tied together--I saw that his journey embodied a very common queer experience: having to leave home and reinvent himself to find love and acceptance.
If we decide to reinvent probation, how should we go about it?
When the CVs and telephone calls to the other medical schools in the area failed to produce results, I decided to take the opportunity to reinvent myself.