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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.
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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

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.
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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’.
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They found only one more mouse, months later, dead and dried out in the garage, apparently dispatched by one of the killing mousetraps.
Haga also stressed the importance of washing the mousetrap after each use.
The result has been the death-by-chocolate mousetrap, which has already been snapped up by the agricultural sector of the market and is attracting interest from those keen to discourage late-night rodent visitors both in the UK and abroad.
NIPPLE NIBBLE; Jackass leader Johnny Knoxville gets a nip from a baby alligator; MOUSETRAP DARE; <Make it snappy.
Some of the other innovative mousetraps demonstrated at Expo included simple devices, such as an aluminum sleeve that slips over fiberglass guideposts for easier installation.
Expo attendees were asked to vote for the best mousetrap.
Powered by the release of the mousetraps, some cars traveled more than 140 yards down a school hallway on wheels made of old 33 rpm records, floppy discs and other lightweight materials.
It is a new chapter in the illustrious history of online mousetraps.
Thus whether the future of online retrieval is linear or takes some wild turns, CORIS may remain in the ranks of better online mousetraps.
The new, Made in the USA Victor mousetraps are available in Wal-Mart, grocery and hardware stores.
During one particularly memorable scene, the mouse runs an obstacle course between dozens of mousetraps and then sets them off in a chain reaction that backfires on the brothers.
Vendors who are preoccupied with building better mousetraps may find this disquieting, but the issue for users is simply value.
With the carrot of a significant government contract dangling in front of them, niche technology companies are working overtime to make better mousetraps and give more bang for the buck.
Jump over mousetraps, duck under frying pans - but definitely don't fall for that old cheese trick, because Jerry's friends' safety depends on you.