reinvent the wheel


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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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Most people involved with project management don't want to reinvent the wheel because the wheel works well enough; and it would waste precious time, dollars, and effort doing the reinvention.
In fact, every generation must reinvent the wheel, but not without accounting for all the wheels already invented.
Click Mexicana is not out to reinvent the wheel but tweak the existing low-cost model that succeeded in the United States and Brazil to fit the Mexican market, Crespo says.
We do not need to, nor is it proper that we think we need to, reinvent the wheel. The wheels of Catholic-Jewish dialogue set in motion by Nostra Aetate have been turning for forty years.
For a knowledgeable reader, the appraiser doesn't have to reinvent the wheel and dwell on subjects the reader knows intimately.
"I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel. I try to learn from other people and from my mistakes."
Hansen suggests that the vehicle manufacturers should try to reinvent the wheel to incorporate as "embedded" those things that are available in consumer electronics.
The information exchange with other local skiers is priceless, even if you plan on organizing your own trip with friends or family; why reinvent the wheel? It's best to see what others are saying about the mountain or resort you're thinking of trying.
The issue is so informative and concise, and I do not wish to reinvent the wheel.
SAS architects haven't had to reinvent the wheel, just tweak it.
The Liverpool Dublin Seacat is now back in operation and I will happily pay the pounds 30 return rather than send a deputation to New York to reinvent the wheel!
He'd just taken over a supply room and didn't want to reinvent the wheel if someone already had a list they could share, We asked the field using the Army Knowledge Online Logistics Knowledge Center Supply Bulletin Board.
From the perspective of a nonviral taxonomist, virologists might do well not to reinvent the wheel (7) but rather to adopt and use existing, conventional taxonomic structure, as in the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (3).
While outside help might be useful, an effective and acceptable corporate compliance program consists of seven basic elements that can be attended to by the organization itself" (i.e., no need to reinvent the wheel):