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many hands make light work

many hands make light work in Culture

Many hands make light work definition


Large tasks become small when divided among several people.

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  • If a housekeeper can secure the cooperation of all her family, she will find, that "many hands make light work."

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy

    Catherine Esther Beecher
  • Everybody was willing, and many hands make light work, so the tents and all other things came ashore at a lively rate.

  • The adage that many hands make light work was never better exemplified than on that July day in the berry pasture.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation

    Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • many hands make light work; and as there happened to be plenty of wood available near by, a fire was soon blazing.

  • "many hands make light work," said Hamilton as cheerfully as he could.

    The Boy With the U.S. Census Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • It was a large bird, but many hands make light work; that is, as far as getting the feathers off the goose was concerned.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • Have been on detail for five days in rotation, but it is not hard work that we have to do, and many hands make light work.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
  • The others got the mending almost done, for many hands make light work.

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • many hands make light work, and nothing remained but a little copying, which Jill promised to do before night.

    Jack and Jill Louisa May Alcott
  • many hands make light work, they say, and when we carry our prize bag of fish between us the strain will hardly be noticed.

Idioms and Phrases with many hands make light work

many hands make light work

More helpers make a task easier, as in We need a few more volunteers to move the furniture—many 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
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