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reinvent (oneself)

To create a new style or persona for oneself; to change one's pursuits, way of life, etc. As a teenager, I was always trying to reinvent myself to be cooler or more mysterious. If you're feeling stuck in a rut with your job, maybe it's time to reinvent yourself.
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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 (oneself)

To take up a different career or a different way of life.

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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"I suppose from my point of view, that's the big thing, you've been asked to do this for a reason and you don't need to reinvent yourself, just keep doing what you're doing."
Answer: They continue to reinvent their business model.
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"Don't reinvent the wheel." "Let's not reinvent the wheel." "We're not reinventing the wheel here, are we?" It is usually spoken with a cynical, derisive, exasperated, or condescending tone.
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A JP writing in this month's Magistrate magazine accuses the Lord Chancellor of trying to "reinvent the wheel" by expanding the "community justice centre" scheme, which sees judges working under the same roof as other services such as probation and social services.
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Epic events are those eras that rend the fabric of society and force nations and individuals to "reinvent" themselves.
Generally, they reinvent. Individuals, organizations and businesses all have focused on taking existing systems and procedures and streamlining them, minimizing unsettling change and, one would hope, improving efficiency.