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- v. To redo work unnecessarily when it has already been done satisfactorily; to rethink an already working system, technique, etc. in a needless attempt to improve it.
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And thus, many a prudent, penny-watching business person will decide to remain ignorant, content to reinvent the wheel rather than going to the experts.
Sometimes we try to reinvent the wheel when the wheel’s rolling just fine—the conventional wisdom about eating less and moving more really works!