old wine in a new bottle
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- Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
- Matthew 9:17, King James Version
- And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
- Mark 2:22, King James Version
- And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.
- Luke 5:37, King James Version
- (idiomatic) An existing concept or institution offered as though it were a new one.
- 2003, Stephen M Colarelli, No Best Way:
- Finally, some critics argue that evolutionary psychology is old wine in a new bottle — the old instinct theory in a new package.
existing concept or institution presented as if new