a television quiz show which appeared in Britain on the BBC from 2000 to 2012 and now has versions in countries around the world. A team of nine contestants answer general knowledge questions in a chain(= one after the other), building up an amount of money for each correct answer. When someone breaks the chain, by answering incorrectly, all the money is lost. At the end of each round, the contestants vote for the weakest link, the contestant who is least useful to the team, and that person then leaves the team. This continues until only one person is left, who is the winner. The winner is given all the money which has been won. The British and American versions of the show were presented by Anne Robinson, who presents an image of being very hard and often criticizes the contestants.