too many cooks spoil the broth


too many cooks spoil the broth
also, too many cooks spoil the soup


  • to mean that something does not go well when there are too many ways to do it
  • to fail because of too many opinions on how to do something
  • to have multiple ways of doing something ending up ruining the project

Example Sentences

  1. The company management had 11 decision makers. No wonder it closed operations since too many cooks spoil the broth.
  2. I sincerely hope that you have taken care that too many cooks will not spoil the broth in this event.
  3. The kids wanted to do a good science project but too many cooks spoilt the broth.
  4. You should have hired less number of people because too many cooks usually spoil the broth.
  5. I’d have loved to have joined but you have too many people on board already and too many cooks spoil the broth.
  6. I am telling you, don’t hire so many mechanics to customize your Ford car because too many cooks always spoil the soup just hand over it good one.


In some ways this phrase is the opposite of “two heads are better than one” and in some others it depicts the consequences of overdoing it. Broth is usually the basis of many dishes and with the involvement of many people in making this simple base it can get spoilt. People have their own ways of doing things and when pushed together to do something simple, it ruins it instead of making it better. The phrase is speculated to have originated in the 16th century.


  • too many cooks spoil the soup

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In Egypt we say: “Two captains on the ship will sink it.”

‒ Ahmad Ghareeb November 18, 2020

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