the more the merrier

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the more the merrier

More people will make something more enjoyable. This set phrase is used to welcome one to join a group or activity. Oh sure, you can come to the mall with us—the more the merrier!
See also: merry, more

more the merrier

Cliché the more people there are, the happier the situation will be. Of course you can have a ride with us! The more the merrier. The manager hired a new employee even though there's not enough work for all of us now. Oh, well, the more the merrier.
See also: merry, more

more the merrier, the

The larger the number involved, the better the occasion. For example, John's invited all his family to come along, and why not? The more the merrier. This expression was first recorded in 1530, when it was put as "The more the merrier; the fewer, the better fare" (meaning "with fewer there would be more to eat"), an observation that made its way into numerous proverb collections.
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the more the merrier

the more people or things there are the better a situation will be.
See also: merry, more

the ˌmore the ˈmerrier

(saying) the more people or things there are, the better the situation will be or the more fun people will have: Bring as many friends as you like to the party. The more the merrier.
See also: merry, more
References in classic literature ?
Jennings, "I am sure I shall be monstrous glad of Miss Marianne's company, whether Miss Dashwood will go or not, only the more the merrier say I, and I thought it would be more comfortable for them to be together; because, if they got tired of me, they might talk to one another, and laugh at my old ways behind my back.
The More the Merrier Christmas Beauty evening at Selfridges Birmingham was the ultimate in old school festive glamour, from the Ratpack tribute duo doing their very best Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to the complimentary mince pies and mulled wine served to every attendee.
The more the merrier, for there's plenty of room for them all.
For Irwin, who died earlier this week, life was not remotely like this at all: It was a carnival of animals -- the more the merrier, the more dangerous the better.
It's going all right both for the team and myself at the moment,and as far as records are concerned, the more the merrier.
This is open to the public, the more the merrier,'' Giller said.
And when you have a good population of doves, the more the merrier because the hunters keep the birds stirred and flying.
It usually is, the more the merrier for the incumbent.
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