too many cooks


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too many cooks

Too many people trying to control, influence, or work on something, with the quality of the final product suffering as a result. A shortened version of the full phrase, "Too many cooks spoil the broth/stew/soup." A: "We've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "It sounds to me like there are too many cooks."
See also: cook, many
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"My nan was an amazing cook but I'm sure the saying 'too many cooks spoil the broth' goes well down here cause growing up I wasn't shown much!
Two appendices cover the story of "Too Many Cooks" (there were apparently three contemporaneous James Cooks) and Cook's relationship with the chart publishers.