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    Default to force an open door

    Is there such an idiom in English? It exists in Polish and I think in German too. I don't see any matches in the British National Corpus, but a Polish dictionary says it's how we should translate the Polish idiom. Did they simply carelessly translate the idiom literally or is there something to it?

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    But I think "to force a door open" means simply "to open a locked door by force", doesn't it?
    The Polish idiom means "to try to solve an already solved or non-existent problem". I'm sorry I didn't provide the meaning in the question.

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    Thanks!!

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    Default Re: to force an open door

    Or carry coals to Newcastle??

    Though this one may be a bit too British for international purposes.

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