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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Not long ago, a person might have invented a better mousetrap, advertised through print and media -'Better mousetraps for sale'-and waited for the world to beat a path to the company door.
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A better mousetrap I have not; the hand at rhyme is what I've
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I guess the world needs another burger concept about like it needs a better mousetrap. But the comparison only goes so far.
"It's the indies that are the ones who figure out how to build a better mousetrap," he says.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.
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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.
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