A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

Idiom

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

Definition

A group or collective of people or things is only as strong as its weakest element

Examples

If you have a team of people working on a project, the project will only be as successful as the weakest member of the team.

The success of any organization depends on the strength of its weakest link.

Origin

The origin of this idiom is unknown, though it has been used since at least the early 19th century.

FAQs

Q1

What does the idiom “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” mean?

A1

It means that a group or collective of people or things is only as strong as its weakest element.