mousetrap


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

build a better mousetrap

To invent something that improves upon an existing object or concept. 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, build, mousetrap

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

build a better mousetrap

to develop or invent something superior to a device that is widely used. (From the old saying, "If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.") Harry thought he could build a better mousetrap, but everything he "invented" had already been thought of.
See also: better, build, 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

better mousetrap, (if one can) build a

A minor but important improvement will bring fame and fortune. This idea came from a speech Ralph Waldo Emerson made in 1871 and quoted (or misquoted) by Mrs. Sarah S. B. Yule. Emerson allegedly said, “If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor . . . the world will make a beaten path to his door.”
See also: better, build, one
References in periodicals archive ?
| The Mousetrap is at Venue Cymru, Llandudno from August 12-17.
The Mousetrap opens in Leeds on Tuesday, August 26, with Helen Clapp and Michael Fenner in the lead roles and heading a new cast.
Anne Kavanagh (Mrs Boyle), Ryan Saunders (Christopher Wren) and Christo-|pher Gilling (Major Metcalf ) in The Mousetrap.
There's a reason for Trotter's elaborately fabricated method to find the killer, but his verbally profuse deductive musings work against the claustrophobic tension that "The Mousetrap'' depends on to keep the audience consistently on edge.
We are getting to see Ghost, the award-winning musical, based on the hit Patrick Swayze film, just a year after its West End debut, while we've been waiting 60 years to see Agatha Christie's classic thriller The Mousetrap.
A self-conscious cleverness in the pedestrian denouement of The Mousetrap exemplifies the problem.
| The Mousetrap is at New Theatre, Cardiff from tomorrow until Saturday.
She gave generously him The Mousetrap for his ninth birthday.
Though building--whether mousetraps, bridges, or castles--signifies constructing an edifice, it first requires all the processes of designing, permissions, materials, and financing the mousetrap of the moment.
The letter sent from Bermuda and dated September 1957 holds the message: "Dear Agatha Christie, much as it pains me I really must congratulate you on The Mousetrap breaking the long run record.
He added, "If you've got a really good mousetrap figured out, it's a great market.
As its title might suggest, The Myth of the Mousetrap is more a book of insights than a step-by-step guide to success, though it does take you through the five steps of effective presentation.
Carefully pull back the mousetrap lever (watch your fingers!).
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.
Through our magazine and our other outlets, we will continue to identify the young entrepreneur who has, indeed, discovered how to build the better mousetrap. In fact, it might just turn out to be you.--The Editors