chief cook and bottlewasher

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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chief cook and bottlewasher

A person in charge of numerous duties, both vital and trivial, as in We have no secretaries or clerks; the department head is chief cook and bottlewasher and does it all. [Slang; c. 1840]

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