stick to the knitting


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stick to the knitting

1. To mind one's own business. Oh, stick to the knitting—I don't need to hear your opinion of every little thing I do.
2. To do only what one knows or is familiar with. You can't just stick to the knitting—you have to try new things too.
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stick to the (or your) knitting

(of an organization) concentrate on a known core area of business activity rather than diversify into other areas in which it has no experience. informal
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Besides the understandable desire to stick to the knitting, there are other business imperatives that drive cost-center managers to consider alternatives: rising costs of managing applications (people and vendor maintenance payments), ROIs that fail to materialize, and risks associated with the often abrupt departure of key support personnel.
* product-market scope - a clear idea of what business or products a company was responsible for (predating the exhortations of Peters and Waterman to "stick to the knitting")
We're concentrating on the DNA testing side of the business because, as the saying goes, stick to the knitting and focus on what you do best.
Ruthlessly occupy your niche and stick to the knitting.
Boyle added: "Our traditional markets are coming back and we intend to stick to the knitting, to continue doing what we do best.