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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 the wheel

To do or make something again, from the beginning, especially in a needless or inefficient effort.
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reinvent the wheel, to

To belabor the obvious; to start again from the beginning when there is no need to. This Americanism dates from the second half of the twentieth century and most likely originated in business or industry. “‘The new compiler here is no different from the old one,’ said a Defense Department spokesman. ‘Let’s not reinvent the wheel’” (Boston Herald, 1984).
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Instead of inventing the wheel all over again, we need to have information sharing and collaboration.
Summary: In using terms such as historic, milestone and message of peace to describe his visit to the Holy Land, Donald Trump is hardly inventing the wheel.
Note, this comment comes from the man known for such skills as inventing the wheel, coming up with Pythagorean theorem and splitting the atom.
So instead of inventing the wheel, organizations are benefitted by interconnecting with each other.
The first concerns dinosaurs - were they God's "trial run" and, when they showed no signs of brain activity capable of inventing the wheel, he brought forth the Ice Age to destroy them?
Creatively written following the story of a caveman called Og, fictionally credited with inventing the wheel, "Awake at the Wheel" will resonate with modern man's quest to think of something new.
They are definitely a low carbon household, and, as they have not yet got round to inventing the wheel, they do a lot of jogging every day (mainly in pursuit of Mammoths).
To be sure, we are not inventing the wheel of social or cultural history here by looking at the texture of daily life, alltagsgeschichte or micro-history or the like.
Kids in grades 4-6 will appreciate Hubert Invents The Wheel, a zany story of one teen Hubert, who has some ideas of how to make his life in Ancient Sumeria easier--by inventing the wheel, his greatest creation.
The Sumerians are credited with inventing the wheel. (true)
We should avoid inventing the wheel and learn from successful models of local government of the democratic countries.
Hmmm, drunk girls are persuaded to strip - it's hardly inventing the wheel. So there he is boasting about certain women's ability in the bedroom and rating them against each other and he is just called a 'lucky playboy'.
After all, theirs was the cradle of civilisation and the genes of such immense genius, which achieved such triumphs as inventing the wheel, devising algebra and higher mathematics and taking pure civilisation to the rest of the world, still lie deep within the Iraqi people themselves.
Steve Bryan, who runs the Chamber's Enterprise Club, said: "Being an entrepreneur is not about inventing the wheel.
As a writer I need to be challenged and people learn so much from each other rather than inventing the wheel in isolation."