(entered for 01.31.06)
Meaning: everyone sharing the load eases the pain. Origins.
Rewrite 1: a bird in the hand isn’t worth nearly as much as many
Rewrite 2: many shoulders beartv1 the weight better than just a couple
Rewrite 3: work is always easier when many share the burden
Rewrite 4: he that shares the load spares the bones
Comment: These rewrites sound almost Confucian in origin. Be careful if you aren’t looking for a few laughs.
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