many hands make light work

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Many hands make light work definition


Large tasks become small when divided among several people.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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many hands make light work

More helpers make a task easier, as in We need a few more volunteers to move the furnituremany hands make light work, you know. This proverb was first recorded in English in the early 1300s in a knightly romance known as Sir Bevis of Hampton. It appeared in practically all proverb collections from 1546 on. For the converse, see too many cooks spoil the broth.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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