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Idioms and Phrases with if it ain't broke don't fix it

if it ain't broke don't fix it

Don't meddle with something that's functioning adequately. For example, So long as they like our proposal let's not change it; if it ain't broke don't fix it. This folksy and deliberately ungrammatical expression dates from the mid-1900s. For a synonym, see leave well enough alone.

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