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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

Didn't do anything significant. I don't understand why he's so conceited—he didn't invent gunpowder or anything!
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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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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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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 the wheel

To do or make something again, from the beginning, especially in a needless or inefficient effort.
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Inventing activities were usually introduced by providing participants with a pan of tools and materials--scissors, masking tape, rulers, paperclips, dowels, match sticks, elastic bands and, of course, index cards--and giving them an ice-breaker problem such as "the holdup.
Depending on ages, challenges included inventing helicopters (see the sample solutions in the sidebar), spinning tops, sundials, devices for measuring force and devices to monitor air temperature changes.
While most teachers integrated inventing activities into various lesson plans, some developed complete teaching units on the topic.
There are several organizations that sponsor inventing activities in K-12 schools, such as Partnership for America's Future, which gives annual awards through the National Gallery for America's Young Inventors.
Inventing opportunities support current attention to "constructivist" learning in science, where students construct knowledge through applying prior knowledge and experience in new and engaging situations.
With inventing, you are attempting to solve a problem within your reach, not trying to resolve the world's greatest problems," he said.
The brothers made great strides in aviation by inventing the first self-enclosed cabin monoplane and continued their success with advances in hydraulic pump systems used in agriculture.
The month-long Inventing Flight celebration also features a huge air show with an unprecedented three jet precision teams; a blimp meet; and the Pioneers of Flight Homecoming.
Winners will be announced July 3 at the Inventing Flight opening ceremonies at Fifth Third Field.
Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003 celebrates the 100th anniversary of powered flight and the innovative spirit of the Wright Brothers who lived - and invented and perfected the first powered aircraft - in Dayton, Ohio.
In 15 years, our vision for inventing and developing flash storage cards as an enabling technology has become a reality, and has created major new markets with significant growth opportunities for us.
Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003 today announced that Fifth Third Bank will be the Official Transportation Sponsor of Inventing Flight: The Centennial Celebration.
As the transportation sponsor, Fifth Third, in conjunction with RTA, will provide 15 buses with Inventing Flight/Fifth Third wraps, 25 buses with signage and 4 trollies.
We, at Fifth Third Bank, are especially pleased to join with Inventing Flight and RTA in making this special announcement today.
Inventing Flight: Dayton 2003 was founded in 1989 to promote aviation, the Wright Brothers and especially Dayton, Ohio's role in the birth and future of aviation.