chief cook and bottle-washer

chief cook and bottle washer

One who is involved in many aspects of a particular situation. Because so many people have left our department recently, I'm the chief cook and bottle washer, doing every little task that comes up.
See also: and, bottle, chief, cook, washer

chief cook and bottle-washer

a person who performs a variety of important but routine tasks. informal
See also: and, chief, cook
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What we can do is simply to concentrate all our available strength, keep a close watch on the enemy, and obtain reinforcements.
These preparations were concluded about five o'clock in the evening, while sentinels kept close watch around the island, and the boats of the Resolute patrolled the channel.
If ever adventure was well damned, it was by Sheldon, sweating in the windless grass and fighting gnats, the while he kept close watch up and down the avenue.
Keep a close watch on them therefore; and dispatch one of your comrades, the lightest of foot, to bring the news of the yeomen thereabout.
A close watch had to be kept upon all the poor remnants and fragments, to prevent embezzlement.
We depend upon you, you know, to keep a close watch upon him.
Ay, marry," said Prior Vincent, smacking his lips after a deep draught of wine, "I have kept a close watch upon him, albeit he was unawares of the same, and I know right well that he hath no money to pay me withal.
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