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too many cooks spoil the broth

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!"
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too many cooks spoil the stew

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

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 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.
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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).
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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.
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a broth of a boy

a lively boy. Irish
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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 .
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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.
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