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weak link

The least dependable member of a group, as in The shipping department, slow in getting out orders, is our weak link in customer service, or They're all very capable designers except for Ron, who is clearly the weak link. This expression alludes to the fragile portion of a chain, where it is most likely to break. [ Mid-1800s ]
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  • "Well, then there is one weak link we have got to strengthen right away," said the lad cheerfully.

  • Hit the source, the weak link, the roots of the poison tree.

    Revenge Arthur Porges
  • Here, then, was the weak link in Ruiz Gregorio's chain twisted to the breaking point at the very outset.

    Empire Builders Francis Lynde
  • But the adventurer did dare, and the loophole, the weak link, was exposed.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
  • Every man taught how a weak link may break a chain and realizing himself as a link and only a link!

    The Last Shot Frederick Palmer
  • There must be not one weak link in his close-meshed chain of propositions.

  • She had been the weak link in his life, the life which he had so wanted to crown with success.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • Nagel was the weak link in their armor—a threat to their safety.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • With his characteristic thoroughness Cook left no weak link in the claim which he made on behalf of his nation.

    The Treaty of Waitangi T. Lindsay Buick

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