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link whore

Internet slang (possibly offensive) A person who makes constant and conspicuous efforts to drive Internet traffic to his or her own webpage by posting links to it across other areas of the Internet. There are so many link whores filling this forum with garbage posts that it's become nearly unreadable.
See also: link, whore

link whoring

Internet slang (possibly offensive) The practice of making constant and conspicuous efforts to drive Internet traffic to one's own webpage by posting links to it across other areas of the Internet. The link whoring that goes on in this forum has made it nearly unreadable in recent times.
See also: link, whore

a chain is only as strong as its weakest link

If one part of something is weak, it jeopardizes the integrity, quality, or effectiveness of the whole. I need to make sure that everyone on our debate team is well-prepared, since a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
See also: chain, link, strong, weak

missing link

1. A hypothetical extinct animal that is believed to be the evolutionary connection between man and ape. Scientists will never fully understand the evolution of man until they find the missing link.
2. Something that is significantly, noticeably absent, often because its presence would be helpful or beneficial. Participation is the missing link in your grade, so I would suggest speaking up in class going forward. I think that chlorine is the missing link in this experiment.
See also: link, missing

weak link

Someone or something considered inferior to the other parts of a group, series, or mechanism. The weak link in computer security is almost always the end user. Derek hardly ever comes to class, so I'm not surprised he was the weak link in our group project.
See also: link, weak

chain is no stronger than its weakest link

Prov. A successful group or team relies on each member doing well. George is completely out of shape. I don't want him on our ball team; a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
See also: chain, link, strong, weak

*contact with someone a link to someone

resulting in communication. (*Typically: be in ~; have ~; make~.) I have had no contact with Bill since he left town. Tom made contact with a known criminal last month.
See also: contact, link

link someone or something to someone or something

 and link someone or something and someone or something together; link someone or something together with someone or something ; link someone or something with someone or something
1. to discover a connection between people and things, in any combination. I would never have thought of linking Fred to Tom. I didn't even know they knew each other. I always sort of linked Tom with honesty.
2. to connect people and things, in any combination. We have to link each person to one other person, using this colored yarn to tie them together. We linked each decoration together with another one.
See also: link

link someone or something up (to something)

to connect someone or something to something, usually with something that has a type of fastener or connector that constitutes a link. They promised that they would link me up to the network today. They will link up my computer to the network today.
See also: link, up

link up to someone or something

 and link (up) with someone or something
to join up with someone or something. I have his new e-mail address so I can link up to Bruce. Now my computer can link up with a computer bulletin board.
See also: link, up

weak link (in the chain)

Fig. the weak point or person in a system or organization. Joan's hasty generalizations about the economy were definitely the weak link in her argument.
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a weak link (in the chain)

the weakest part of a system or the weakest member of a group of people that could cause the whole system or group to fail It's a strong team, though the goalkeeper may be a weak link because he's rather inexperienced. The weak link in the chain is the computer software that controls the system.
See also: link, weak

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]
See also: link, weak

link up

1. To collaborate or team up: The two minority parties linked up to oppose the ruling party. Two popular bands have linked up for a nationwide tour.
2. To introduce someone into a relationship or collaboration with others: Can you link me up with a good financial adviser? I linked them up last year and now they are partners. The convention links up buyers and sellers.
3. To join together: The two trains linked up to form one long train. This road links up with the highway in six miles.
4. To connect something with some other thing: We linked the trailer up to the truck. I linked up four extension cords and plugged the vacuum cleaner in. They linked the computers up so that they could share files.
5. To meet with someone, especially in order to do something: Let's link up next week and discuss the report. I linked up with my friends after the concert.
See also: link, up
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Reciprocal linking and link exchange are common practices and are loosely organized as favors or more systematically in Web rings and blogrolling.
Since its inception in 1998, MedlinePlus has evolved from a handful of Health Topics linking to NIH, other government, and nongovernment consumer health information to over 650 Health Topics linking to information from nearly 1,000 organizations.
In addition, with sophisticated data linking, you can update the figures in your document automatically each time your spreadsheet data change.
The law suit seeks a declaration from the Court that mere linking to other publicly accessible web sites and files, created by automated processes, does not constitute direct or contributory copyright infringement even if the destination of a hyperlink is a web site, page, or file containing infringing content.
Sony's Comdex showcase (COMDEX Booth L5132) is a "Manual for Digital Living" - a practical approach for creating digital lifestyles by linking the worlds of audio, video, computers and communications at work, at home and on-the-go.
Many of NewGate's clients have an enormous presence on the 'Net and they want to know who is linking to them.
It's ideal for linking Microsoft SNA Servers to the mainframe.
Measuring Effectiveness -- Linking campaigns, effectiveness of Web site and pages, Web site or corporate Internet exposure and promotion.
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