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]
See also: and, chief, cook
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VINNIE JONES THE former Wales captain and footie hardman-turned-straight-to-DVD action star started out as chief cook and bottlewasher and surrogate dad to everyone in the house, but quickly morphed into a narky bully obsessed with braying about his own sense of material self-worth.
After a friendly welcome from Andrew we settled at the bar with a glass of Prosecco and cola between the three of us and were soon exhausted as we watched him perform a myriad of tasks; Andrew, who makes Nicole Kidman look fat, was greeter, barman, sommelier, waiter and chief bottlewasher.
Once and, perhaps still, seen as something of a luxury white good, they are not just another gadget designed so the chief cook and bottlewasher can get on with something less boring than chores, they also help to conserve the environment.
Earlier this year, as summer idly threatened to edge its way into fall, Charles Reinhart, presiding genius and head bottlewasher of the inimitable American Dance Festival, had, not for the first time, a great idea.
I'm personal shopper, unpaid companion, playmate, cook, bottlewasher, nurse, masseuse, groomer, cleaner, lavatory attendant yet, had Tom been less fearful of humankind, I'd have happily skivvied for him as well.
But almost a year on he's still head cook and bottlewasher as well as holding down a full- time job
But he's not just acting manager - he's also groundsman and main bottlewasher too.
He is taken aboard and examined by the ship's doctor/ captain/chief cook and bottlewasher.
I'm basically chief cook and bottlewasher, and do what I'm told.
Sure, I've been a husband, father, papermaker, editor, gardener, carpenter, electrician, plumber, cook, bottlewasher, and much, much more, but "teacher" has defined my image of self, and school has defined the place where I belong.
He has held every post in the club - player, captain, coach, director of rugby and bottlewasher extraordinaire - but certain technical difficulties have arisen in his outside life and there are constraints on his badges of office for a while.
We like to entertain, and as my husband is the head cook and bottlewasher he was encouraged to have his say in what we installed.
Being chief executive at Plymouth, said the engaging Tall, was like being head cook and bottlewasher.
Thirdly, he/she needs to understand the Labour Party machine is obsolete, secretive, and deeply introverted, confusing new members who don't want to be party bottlewashers and deserve a genuine consultation process over decisions.
Without the clerks, grease monkeys, technicians, medics, signallers, cooks and bottlewashers, the whole kaboodle would seize up.