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a better mousetrap

Something that improves upon an existing object or concept. Typically used in the phrase "build a better mousetrap." You don't have to try so hard to build a better mousetrap—just design what interests you and see what happens.
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a better mousetrap

an improved version of a well-known article.
This expression comes from an observation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1889 , though also claimed by Elbert Hubbard : ‘If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbour, tho' he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door’.
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Higher than it skews for a better mousetrap, it's safe to say.
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Tall Grass Country Club, a links-style tract patterned after seaside courses found here and in the British Isles, is the better mousetrap.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.
Building a better mousetrap can be a daunting task, especially since the one on the market since 1897 already has a kill rate of 80%-plus, which in itself would seem impossible to surpass.
John Dixon, Computime managing director, said: "Royce Lingerie's success is concrete proof of the maxim that if you build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door.
I suspect it's American in origin, and it was certainly an American, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who shaped that inventor's mantra: "If you can build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.
Don't tell Forrest that he can't invent a better mousetrap because he just might prove you wrong.
Part of the problem is that the development industry suffers from what I call the "better mousetrap syndrome", the belief that if you build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door.
Going back to the initial question of whether or not Web Services is a better mousetrap, operating behind the scenes, Web services will be the "unseen" cheese in a new and more effective trap.
This will take time and work, but because CPAs are helping to design it, I have confidence that the better mousetrap will succeed.
They had $6 million worth of computer-controlled CNC machinery to whittle reel parts out of solid aluminum and plenty of ideas how to make a better mousetrap, er, fishing reel.
PROCTER & GAMBLE insists it built a better mousetrap when it launched Swiffer WetJet a couple of years ago.