solution in search of a problem

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solution in search of a problem (plural solutions in search of problems)

  1. A proposal that does not solve any problem or provide any value; or one that is intended to fill a need which does not really exist.
    Some teachers complained that the new online grading software was a solution in search of a problem.
    • 2012; Lucas, Peter; Ballay, Joe; and McManus, Mickey; Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology; page 200:
      The early days of the PC were a classic case of a solution in search of a problem. It was pretty obvious that a computer-on-your-desk was an exciting prospect and had to be good for something. But what?

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