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or bottle-washer

[bot-l-wosh-er, -waw-sher] /ˈbɒt lˌwɒʃ ər, -ˌwɔ ʃər/
a person or machine that washes bottles.
chief cook and bottlewasher, a person who does a wide variety of routine, sometimes menial, tasks:
He's not just sales manager, he's the chief cook and bottlewasher in this firm.
Origin of bottlewasher
1860-65; bottle1 + washer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for bottle-washer
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  • Yes, if you'll be a very good girl, and never interfere again when I am 'head-cook and bottle-washer.'

    Marion Berkley Elizabeth B. Comins
  • And Cospatric's experiences as a photographer's bottle-washer!

    The Recipe for Diamonds Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
  • "He's not going straight at things," said Durgan the bottle-washer to his wife.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
  • Next to Madame, Gertie would be considered, so to speak, as head cook and bottle-washer.

    Love at Paddington W. Pett Ridge
  • Kitchen, chief-cook and bottle-washer in the establishment of Mrs. Franke, out on the "Cerro."

  • Dont drop dead with astonishment, you chief cook and bottle-washer, because I have an idea.

    Those Dale Girls Frank Weston Carruth
  • Jane Mucklow cooked for the wounded; Susan Yellam was installed as bottle-washer in chief.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • He got a job as "a sort of bottle-washer at six dollars a week," he says, in a chemical shop in New York.

    The History of the Telephone Herbert N. Casson
  • He would consider it an honor to be bottle-washer to such a pious hero as General Joshua.

    Arrows of Freethought George W. Foote
  • "I'm the Vicar's bottle-washer, you know," added the curate, with a guffaw.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for bottle-washer


(informal) a menial or factotum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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