reinvent the wheel

idiom

informal
: to waste time trying to do something that has already been done successfully by someone else

Examples of reinvent the wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While senior programs exist on the northwest side, Miller said the church doesn’t want to reinvent the wheel. La Risa R. Lynch, Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2024 This addresses one reason the industry has struggled to build new reactors: the tendency of developers to try to reinvent the wheel, and thus raise costs. Robert Gebelhoff, Washington Post, 25 June 2024 Zimmer is not going reinvent the wheel in how the Cowboys use Parsons, who finished in the top three of NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting in each of the past three seasons and has totaled 40.5 sacks in his first three seasons combined. Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 May 2024 And Casper didn’t reinvent the wheel here; the brand combined a plush layer of memory foam that cradles your curves with a durable base layer that offers firmness and support. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 18 Apr. 2024 So don’t reinvent the wheel for this game — keep playing zone. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 Use today's Aquarius new moon to reinvent the wheel – or yourself! USA TODAY, 9 Feb. 2024 The Verge Pairing the soundbar with a Sonos Sub further elevates the experience, even if the third-gen Sub doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Quentyn Kennemer, The Verge, 2 Feb. 2024 As with any other developer or investor, why reinvent the wheel? Johan Hajji, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023

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“Reinvent the wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reinvent%20the%20wheel. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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