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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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  • But the adventurer did dare, and the loophole, the weak link, was exposed.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
  • There must be not one weak link in his close-meshed chain of propositions.

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

    Revenge Arthur Porges
  • 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
  • But you don't know him, Stuart; that is the weak link in the chain.

  • In his carefully welded plot-chain, Ku Sui left one weak link, though he was not aware of it at the time.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
  • The weak link in the chain of evidence against Lady Eileen Meredith was the lack of motive.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • He may deny it if his conviction hangs upon that point Mr. McCausland wishes to leave no weak link in the chain.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy

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