a better mousetrap


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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.
See also: better, mousetrap

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’.
See also: better, mousetrap
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You've heard the adage: "If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.
Ralph Waldo Emerson quipped, "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
I guess the world needs another burger concept about like it needs a better mousetrap.
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.
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.
Collectively, the disparate projects argue that avant-garde design today isn't about building a better mousetrap but questioning the need to trap mice in the first place.
During the past 50 years, always with a goal of "building a better mousetrap," Foster has used his innovative spirit to create material handling equipment for customers throughout the world.
Steve Colombo built a better mousetrap and is waiting for the world to beat a path to his door, or rather the Ontario Forest Research Institute's door in Sault Ste.
Today, when so many people are busy building a better mousetrap, maybe we should ask, why bother trapping the mouse at all?
He had built a better mousetrap - better than a better mousetrap, really.
If you can build a better mousetrap, it won't matter whether you're black or white, people will buy it.
They say someone's always trying to make a better mousetrap.
Building a better mousetrap isn't the only way to get the world to beat a path to your door.
These products, as always, showcase the highly imaginative ways that today's engineers are 'building a better mousetrap,' and we thank them for their contributions.