blind leading the blind


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the blind leading the blind

A situation in which an incompetent person tries to guide or teach those who are equally incompetent. That project stalled as soon as it became a case of the blind leading the blind—no one knew what they were doing! Don't ask me to tutor someone in algebra because it would be the blind leading the blind.
See also: blind, leading

blind leading the blind

Those lacking the skills or knowledge for something are being guided by equally inept individuals. For example, Bill's teaching his son carpentry; that's a case of the blind leading the blind. The expression is found in the New Testament as one of Jesus's teachings (Matthew 15:14; Luke 6:39). [c. 1600]
See also: blind, leading
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Domenico Fett's The Blind Leading the Blind (below) and Pieter Brueghel the Younger's Two Peasants Binding Faggots (above).
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