Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

reinvent the wheel

reinvent the wheel
1) do/attempt something drastically new
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    • keep things simple, we're not trying to reinvent the wheel
  • Analysis
    The idiom 'to reinvent the wheel', means to spend unnecessary time or resources creating or recreating something that already exists. This idiom is generally used as a negative, referring to something done needlessly or inefficiently.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The tech company like to pretend that they have reinvented the wheel every time they release a new smartphone model, but in actual fact they generally just add a few gimmicks to their existing product.
    2. Stop making the plans so complex and over the top. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel here so let's just get back to basics and keep things simple but efficient.
    3. The company's new product doesn't quite reinvent the wheel, but it is undoubtedly innovative and a big step forward in the industry.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. When you are studying you should be efficient and streamline your learning. Don't try to reinvent the wheel.
    2. Hundreds of people have come up with solutions to this problem, lets ask them what they did, we don't want to waste time trying to reinvent the wheel.
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