Many hands make light work


Large tasks become small when divided among several people.

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Words nearby Many hands make light work

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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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