chief cook and bottlewasher

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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