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

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Attested since at least the 1970s, originally Southern United States English; popularized by T. Bert Lance in May 1977.[1]

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

  1. Leave something alone; avoid attempting to correct, fix, or improve what is already sufficient (often with an implication that the attempted improvement is risky and might backfire).
    I know it’s an ugly-looking antenna, but you know what they say: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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  1. ^ If-it-aint-broke-dont-fix-it” in Gary Martin, The Phrase Finder, 1997–.