reinvent the wheel

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of reinvent the wheel

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

Word by Word Definitions

reinvent play
  1. : to make as if for the first time something already invented

  2. : to remake or redo completely

  3. : to bring into use again

wheel play
  1. : a circular frame of hard material that may be solid, partly solid, or spoked and that is capable of turning on an axle

  2. : a contrivance or apparatus having as its principal part a wheel: such as

  3. : a chiefly medieval instrument of torture designed for mutilating a victim (as by stretching or disjointing)

  1. : to turn on or as if on an axis : revolve

  2. : to change direction as if revolving on a pivot

  3. : to move or extend in a circle or curve


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