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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