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broth of a boy

A lively, energetic, or highly capable boy or young man. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. Primarily heard in Ireland. It's hard to imagine just by looking at him that this tousle-haired broth of a boy could be one of the greatest scientific minds in the country. The rugby star uses his cheery, broth-of-a-boy demeanour to hide the ruthlessness of his skills on the pitch.
See also: boy, broth, of

too many cooks spoil the broth

proverb If too many people try to control, influence, or work on something, the final product will be worse as a result. A: "We've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved in this project, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "Well, too many cooks spoil the broth, after all!"
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

too many cooks spoil the stew

proverb If too many people try to control, influence, or work on something, the final product will be worse as a result. A: "We've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved in this project, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "Well, too many cooks spoil the stew, after all!"
See also: cook, many, spoil, stew
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Too many cooks spoil the stew.

 and Too many Cooks spoil the broth.
Prov. Cliché Too many people trying to manage something simply spoil it. Let's decide who is in charge around here. Too many cooks spoil the stew. Everyone is giving orders, but no one is following them! Too many cooks spoil the broth.
See also: cook, many, spoil, stew
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

save one's breath

Refrain from arguing about a lost cause, as in You can save your breath; I'm not going to change my mind. This term was also put as save your breath to cool your porridge (or broth), that is, by not blowing on the too hot liquid. The idea of not expending one's breath to say something another person doesn't want to hear dates from the early 1700s.
See also: breath, save

too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many persons involved in managing an activity can ruin it, as in Without a conductor, every player had an idea for how the music should go-too many cooks spoil the broth . This expression alludes to each of many cooks adding something to a soup, which finally tastes awful. It was already considered a proverb in 1575 (by George Gascoigne in The Life of P. Care).
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

too many cooks spoil the broth

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

too many cooks in the kitchen

AMERICAN
If you say too many cooks spoil the broth or too many cooks in the kitchen, you mean that a plan or project fails because there are too many people working on it at the same time. Documentation was meant to be written and edited by small teams at best — too many cooks spoil the broth. Declaring that `there are simply too many cooks in the kitchen', the Senator has proposed the creation of a single committee to handle this year's legislation. Note: People often use the shorter phrase too many cooks. So far nothing had worked. One problem was that there were simply too many cooks.
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a broth of a boy

a lively boy. Irish
See also: boy, broth, of

too many cooks spoil the broth

if too many people are involved in a task or activity, it will not be done well. proverb
1997 Times Too many cooks spoil the broth and at Apple there is now the equivalent of Marco Pierre White , Anton Mosimann and Nico Ladenis .
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

too many cooks spoil the ˈbroth

(saying) if too many people try to do something it will not be done well or properly
Broth is a kind of thick soup.
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many individuals involved in a decision or project reduce its chances of success. The analogy to each cook adding a bit of this or that to the soup was drawn so long ago that in 1575 George Gascoigne already was referring to the expression as a proverb. There are many variants, such as too many generals lose the battle and too many commanders (or steersmen) sink the ship, but too many cooks is the principal survivor of this long-standing cliché.
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil
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Homemade broths are a relatively low lift -- put things in a pot and boil it while you do other things.
Once the broth has cooled a little, I put the stock into the fat separator.
The Art of Broth "Sipping Broths" are ingeniously packaged to fit into a purse, a wallet or a briefcase, enabling consumers to carry the "Sipping Broths" to their hotel room to be enjoyed later or brought onto their airplane as they return home.
Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have found that consuming a broth rich in umami--or savory taste--can cause subtle changes in the brain that promote healthy eating behaviours and food choices, especially in women at risk of obesity.
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With the introduction of the Kitchen Accomplice line of concentrated broths, home cooks can see what the fuss is about.
Their spices come from Spice Hut in Bellingham, and all the vegetables used in the broths will be "ugly" --they have some cosmetic blemish or deformity which makes them unsaleable on grocery store shelves.
Speaking of versatility, soups -- and especially their near relations, broths and stocks -- are instrumental in many recipes, and manufacturers and retailers hope to encourage sales across those segments by playing up that fact.
An ancient South American proverb reads, "Good broth will resurrect the dead".
"The broth alone is worth the price," they all say.
It's hard to imagine that any combination you choose here would be bad -- the broths are flavorful, the separate ingredients fresh and high quality.
Jardox the traditional food manufacturing company and ingredients supplier, which specialises in bespoke products, has created a range of Asian broths to further extend its new street food range.
Subcultures of GBS enrichment broths (such as LIM broth or StrepB carrot broth) may contain non-hemolytic or gamma hemolytic strains of GBS that may be missed by normal plating procedures (such as TSA with 5% sheep blood).
The growths were comparable to those of commercially available selective enrichment broths for individual organisms.
The customer has a choice of several broths, including vegetable, onion, or mushroom flavors.