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  • The point at which a system, sequence, or organization is most vulnerable; the least dependable element or member.

    • ‘A facility's electrical system is only as reliable as the weakest link in the system.’
    • ‘This vulnerability may be the weakest link in the system as a whole given the rapid rate of automation in the industry over the last decade.’
    • ‘Before him goal keeping was usually considered the weakest link in the team.’
    • ‘The villains are probably the weakest link in the film.’
    • ‘The user might often be the weakest link in the system.’
    • ‘Many contractors we work with believe that their marketing and sales efforts are the weakest link in their organizations.’
    • ‘The suspicion that you are the weakest link can add a lot of pressure to a team member.’
    • ‘Davis sees the country as the weakest link in the struggle against organised crime in the region.’
    • ‘The security of any single organization is only as strong as that of the weakest link in the chain, no matter how large or small.’
    • ‘But it may prove to be the most important and yet the weakest link in the coalition against terrorism.’