many hands make light work

Cf. HESIOD Works & Days 380 πλείων μὲν πλεόνων μελέτη, more hands mean more work; ERASMUS Adages II. iii. 95 multae manus onus levius reddunt, many hands make a burden lighter.

c 1330 Sir Beves (EETS) 1. 3352 Ascopard be strong and sterk [physically powerful], Mani hondes maketh light werk!

1678 S. BUTLER Hudibras III. ii. Most Hands dispatch apace, And make light work, (the proverb says).

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 244 Many Hands make light Work. Because it is but little to every one.

1923 Observer 11 Feb. 9 What is the use of saying that ‘Many hands make light work’ when the same copy-book tells you that ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’?

2002 B. D’AMATO White Male Infant i. 16 Tony immediately began to prepare the bone marrow... His assistant..simultaneously ran up smears with less usual stains... Many hands make light work.


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  • many hands make light work — This idiom means that when everyone gets involved in something, the work gets done quickly …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • many hands make light work — ► many hands make light work proverb a task is soon accomplished if several people help. Main Entry: ↑hand …   English terms dictionary

  • many hands make light work — many hands make light ˈwork idiom (saying) used to say that a job is made easier if a lot of people help Main entry: ↑handidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • many hands make light work — If many people work together, even a hard job becomes easier. A proverb. * /Come on boys, many hands make light work. If we work together, we can finish painting the barn./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • many hands make light work — If many people work together, even a hard job becomes easier. A proverb. * /Come on boys, many hands make light work. If we work together, we can finish painting the barn./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • many\ hands\ make\ light\ work — proverb If many people work together, even a hard job becomes easier. Come on boys, many hands make light work. If we work together, we can finish painting the barn …   Словарь американских идиом

  • many hands make light work —    This idiom means that when everyone gets involved in something, the work gets done quickly.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • make short/quick/light work of — 1 : to make it possible for (something) to be done quickly or easily This new snow shovel makes short work of clearing off the driveway. ◇ The expression many hands make light work means that people can do things more quickly and easily when they …   Useful english dictionary

  • work — noun see all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy work expands so as to fill the time available it is not work that kills, but worry the devil finds work for idle hands to do the end crowns the work …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • light — See: BRING TO LIGHT, COME TO LIGHT, DASH LIGHT, HIDE ONE S LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL, IN THE LIGHT OF, MAKE LIGHT OF, MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK, OUT LIKE A LIGHT, SEE THE LIGHT, TRAVEL LIGHT …   Dictionary of American idioms

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