if it ain't broke, don't fix it

If it ain't broke, don't fix it
Any attempt to improve on a system that already works is pointless and may even hurt it.

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  • if it ain't broke, don't fix it — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it informal phrase used for saying that you think that something is already good or effective and should not be changed Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing how good something issynonym Main entry: broke * * * if it ain t… …   Useful english dictionary

  • if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — Principally known in North America; the British equivalent is let well alone. 1977 Nation’s Business May 27 Bert Lance [President Carter’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget] believes he can save Uncle Sam billions if he can get the… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • if it ain't broke don't fix it —    This expression means that if a system or method works well, you shouldn t change it.     We re not touching our alarm system. As the saying goes : if it ain t broke, don t fix it! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it. — something that you say which means if a system or method works well there is no reason to change it. We re happy with our exam system in Scotland, and as they say, if it ain t broke, don t fix it …   New idioms dictionary

  • if it ain't broke, don't fix it — it is a mistake to try to improve something that works. He hasn t made a lot of changes to the team since taking over as head coach, figuring if it ain t broke, don t fix it …   New idioms dictionary

  • if it ain't broke, don't fix it —    Any attempt to improve on a system that already works is pointless and may even hurt it.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • if it ain't broke, don't fix it — informal used for saying that you think that something is already good or effective and should not be changed …   English dictionary

  • ain't — Etymology: contraction of are not Date: 1749 1. am not ; are not ; is not 2. have not ; has not 3. do not ; does not ; did not used in some varieties of Black English Usage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • broke — broke1 [ brouk ] adjective be broke INFORMAL to have no money: Can you lend me $5? I m completely broke. go broke INFORMAL to no longer have any money and be unable to pay what you owe. Go bankrupt is a less informal expression: The company went… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • broke — I UK [brəʊk] / US [broʊk] adjective be broke go broke go for broke if it ain t broke, don t fix it II UK [brəʊk] / US [broʊk] the past tense of break I …   English dictionary

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