new wine in old bottles

new wine in old bottles

A change or innovation applied or added to an established or longstanding organization, system, or method. Education isn't the only area where the state's newly elected governor is trying to put new wine into old bottles; he's been trying to revitalize several different institutions and infrastructures with bold, progressive changes.
See also: bottle, new, old, wine

new wine in old bottles

something new or innovatory added to an existing or established system or organization.
The proverb you can't put new wine into old bottles is a reference to Matthew 9:17: ‘Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish’.
See also: bottle, new, old, wine