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The weakest link

Posted by R. Berg on November 15, 2001

In Reply to: The weakest link posted by Eric Rider on November 15, 2001

: I would like to know the origin and meaning of the current popular phrase, "the weakest link"

A proverb, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." The weakest link is, for instance, the most likely part of a complex project to fail, the most questionable proposition in a chain of reasoning, the worst-performing member of a team that must cooperate to accomplish something.