chief cook and bottle washer

bottlewasher

[bot-l-wosh-er, -waw-sher]
noun
1.
a person or machine that washes bottles.
Idioms
2.
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.
Also, bottle-washer.


Origin:
1860–65; bottle1 + washer

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Main Entry:  chief cook and bottle washer
Part of Speech:  n phr
Definition:  a person who is in charge but who also has to attend to the details and menial tasks; supervisor
Usage:  slang
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head cook and bottle washer definition


and chief cook and bottle washer
  1. n.
    someone who is in charge of trivial things as well as the important things. : Ten years I'm here, and I'm just the head cook and bottle washer. , The chief cook and bottle washer ends up doing everything that has to be done.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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