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kitchen police

noun, Military
1.
soldiers detailed by roster or as punishment to assist in kitchen duties.
2.
duty as assistant to the cooks.
Abbreviation: K.P.
Origin of kitchen police
1915-1920
1915-20
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  • They came to their feet as kitchen police in the presence of the Commanding General, which is with the speed of the lightning.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • Guess you forget the time you slept through first call, and had to do kitchen police for two days.

  • But I suddenly thought of a tour of kitchen police and restrained myself.

    Conscript 2989 Irving Crump
  • A large tent was erected for the kitchen and it was there that the men were initiated into the secrets of "kitchen police."

  • I just--well I wish that hired girl of yours could come down an do kitchen police for a couple of days.

    Dere Mable Edward Streeter
British Dictionary definitions for kitchen police

kitchen police

plural noun
1.
(US) soldiers who have been detailed to work in the kitchen, esp as a punishment KP
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