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weak link

Someone or something considered inferior to the other parts of a group, series, or mechanism. The weak link in computer security is almost always the end user. Derek hardly ever comes to class, so I'm not surprised he was the weak link in our group project.
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weak link (in the chain)

Fig. the weak point or person in a system or organization. Joan's hasty generalizations about the economy were definitely the weak link in her argument.
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weak link

The least dependable member of a group, as in The shipping department, slow in getting out orders, is our weak link in customer service , or They're all very capable designers except for Ron, who is clearly the weak link. This expression alludes to the fragile portion of a chain, where it is most likely to break. [Mid-1800s]
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a weak link

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a weak link in the chain

COMMON If you describe someone or something as a weak link or a weak link in the chain, you mean that they are an unreliable part of a system or member of a group, and because of them the whole system or group may fail. It was automatically assumed that Edward would be the weak link in the partnership. Success comes from teamwork, and all it takes is one weak link in the chain to deny you the rewards of any amount of hard work. Note: People also say that someone or something is the weakest link if they are the most unreliable part of a system. He was the weakest link in the team's defence. Note: People sometimes say that a system is only as strong as its weakest link. A rail system is only as strong as its weakest link, as any commuter trapped behind a broken-down train can testify.
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the weak link

the point at which a system, sequence, or organization is most vulnerable; the least dependable element or member.
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the weak ˈlink (in the ˈchain)

the point at which a system or an organization is most likely to fail: She went straight for the one weak link in the chain of his argument.
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They generally don't have the luxury of a large leadership team to support weak links in the executive chain.
Two weak links may be lax about working things out, but their expectations are equally low--so there's less friction between them during bad times.
I don't think we have any weak links when we get it right, but so far we haven't managed to get all three together on the same day, going well like we did in Beijing and that's the key to being a strong team.
Superconnect; harnessing the power of networks and the strength of weak links.
It is in their weak links that their ambition can be traced rather than in local adherence, the neurotic epoxy of the well-made, pocket-size lyric, attached like a limpet to decent sentiment, insight, and a modicum of spirituality.
Let me explain this argument further by using the concept of weak links.
Any weak links are ruthlessly culled out and replaced.
ONE of the weak links in trash-recycling efforts in Los Angeles has always been multiple-family housing complexes.
As you know, developing team spirit means that the communication needs to work in both directions AND all the employees must understand that the team has no weak links.
Be aware of the potential for your chosen dance discipline to inflict injury, and notice your own weak links.
1), (2) The principal idea in HALT is to find the weak links as quickly as possible and then fix them.
Co-promoter John Campbell said: 'There are no weak links in this Rye House team who represent a major hurdle for us.
With the consequences of failure so great, we simply cannot afford to have weak links in our common export control chain.
Price has won just two of over 300 Tour events and is one of many weak links in the European side.
This theory of weak links is yet unproven and it is possible that resistance to other drugs in the regimen could be hiding among the minority variant populations that genotypic and phenotypic tests are not equipped to measure.