too many cooks spoil the broth

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Too many cooks spoil the broth definition


When too many people work together on a project, the result is inferior.

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too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many persons involved in managing an activity can ruin it, as in Without a conductor, every player had an idea for how the music should gotoo many cooks spoil the broth. This expression alludes to each of many cooks adding something to a soup, which finally tastes awful. It was already considered a proverb in 1575 (by George Gascoigne in The Life of P. Care).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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