Build-a-better-mousetrap meaning

(idiomatic) To invent the next great thing; to have a better idea.

Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Of all the inventors to obtain patents, only a few have really built a better mousetrap.

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Origin of build-a-better-mousetrap

  • A shortening of build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.

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