Anyone who has ever tried to get a plumber in Paris at that time of the year will know what I mean.
As his symbol of what used to be called the Forgotten Man, McCain has only Joe the plumber.
Joe the plumber was, by definition, a "regular Joe" who became instantly famous via the 24-hour news cycle.
By the end of the night, the plumber was invited to join a huge party by the pool, with all these beautiful women.
Taxation on Joe the plumber, etc. seems to have come to the fore of the campaign.
It was this the plumber heard, and his wife, and the baker and others.
Why, a plumber would be ashamed to take as long as that over a job!
Barlow, make a note of one plumber, one length of rubber pipe, and foot-lights.
You saw the fellow who let you in at the school gates, plumber?
John Horner, a plumber, was accused of having abstracted it from the ladys jewel-case.
late 14c. (from c.1100 as a surname), "a worker in any sort of lead" (roofs, gutters, pipes), from Old French plomier "lead-smelter" (Modern French plombier) and directly from Latin plumbarius "worker in lead," noun use of adjective meaning "pertaining to lead," from plumbum "lead" (see plumb (n.)). Meaning focused 19c. on "workman who installs pipes and fittings" as lead water pipes became the principal concern of the trade. In U.S. Nixon administration (1969-74), the name of a special unit for investigation of "leaks" of government secrets.
"lead hung on a string to show the vertical line," early 14c., from Old French *plombe, plomee "sounding lead," and directly from Late Latin *plumba, originally plural of Latin plumbum "lead (the metal), lead ball; pipe; pencil," a word of unknown origin, related to Greek molybdos "lead" (dialectal bolimos) and perhaps from an extinct Mediterranean language, perhaps Iberian.
"perpendicular, vertical," mid-15c., from plumb (n.). The notion of "exact measurement" led to extended sense of "completely, downright" (1748), sometimes spelled plump, plum, or plunk.
To botch; ruin: I tho't I plumbered it (1930s+)
Completely; entirely; stone: What he said was plumb silly
[1748+; fr notions of exact extent and precision associated with the plumb bob or sailor's plumb line (for measuring depth of water), ultimately fr Latin plumbum, ''lead'']