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be the chief cook and bottle washer

To be 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

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

(there are) too many chiefs and not enough Indians

There are too many people trying to manage or organize something, and not enough people willing to actually do the work. Potentially offensive. Everyone wants to be the brains of this project, but there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians!
See also: and, chief, enough, Indian, many, not

big white chief

An important, successful, or influential person. This phrase is usually used humorously. Jacob thinks he's a big white chief now that he's been promoted to assistant manager. I'm the big white chief around here, so you have to do what I say.
See also: big, chief, white

chief cook and bottle washer

Fig. the person in charge of practically everything (such as in a very small business). I'm the chief cook and bottle washer around here. I do everything.
See also: and, bottle, chief, cook, washer

Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

Prov. Too many people want to be the leader, and not enough people are willing to follow to do the detail work. Everyone on that committee wants to be in charge. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. We'll never finish this project if everyone keeps trying to give orders. There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
See also: and, chief, enough, Indian, many, not

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

too many chiefs and not enough Indians

OFFENSIVE or

too many chiefs

If there are too many chiefs or too many chiefs and not enough Indians in an organization, there are too many people in charge and not enough people doing the work. This bank has 21 executive directors. No surprise, then, that some insiders say there are too many chiefs.
See also: and, chief, enough, Indian, many, not

big white chief

a person in authority. humorous
This expression supposedly represents Native American speech, and also occurs as great white chief .
1971 Roger Busby Deadlock You'd think he was the bloody big white chief instead of an OB technician.
See also: big, chief, white

chief cook and bottle-washer

a person who performs a variety of important but routine tasks. informal
See also: and, chief, cook

too many chiefs and not enough Indians

used to describe a situation where there are too many people giving orders and not enough people to carry them out.
See also: and, chief, enough, Indian, many, not

there are too many ˌchiefs and not enough ˈIndians

(British English, informal) used to describe a situation in which there are too many people telling other people what to do, and not enough people to do the work
See also: and, chief, enough, Indian, many, not, there

chief

n. the person in charge. (Also a term of address.) You got a couple of clams to pay the toll with, chief?

head cook and bottle washer

and chief cook and bottle washer
n. someone who is in charge of trivial things as well as the important things. Ten years I’m here, and I’m just the head cook and bottle washer. The chief cook and bottle washer ends up doing everything that has to be done.
See also: and, bottle, cook, head, washer

chief cook and bottle washer

verb
See also: and, bottle, chief, cook, washer
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1981) Chiefdom Politics and Alien Law: Basutoland under Cape rule.
Whatever the reason, we can safely say that the chiefdom Powhatan led in 1607 represented a recent creation forged through the crucible of tensions and conflict that surrounded his initial inheritance.
Such symbols function to justify the creation or maintenance of the chiefdom and display the status of the social unit.
In the 17th century, Heriarte (1874) reports the existence of 60,000 warriors among the Tapajo, a figure that is taken as an exaggeration by a series of authors (Meggers 1971; Denevan 1996; Porro 1996), although it has been used uncritically to assert the war-based character of the Tapajo chiefdom (Roosevelt 1987:154).
Plans are being developed to expand CEBS to other chiefdoms in Bo District and other districts in Sierra Leone in the near future, making it possible to conduct an evaluation of its effectiveness in different parts of the country.
For their parts, the Mufti of Islamic chiefdom in Bosnia and Bosnian officials expressed thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Saudi people for their stance towards the Bosnian people on their solidarity and assistance.
In a revision of her doctoral dissertation in Latin American archaeology at the University of Pittsburgh, Cuellar examines the emergence of chiefdom societies with special emphasis on their economic organization.
In island ecosystems with plentiful productive resources, particularly arable land, population size and density could reach levels where intensification of the political, economic and social systems comprising a chiefdom were expressed in monumental construction.
45) The fiction, then, is that a single node of authority existed within any given chiefdom.
On the evening of the 28th June 1875, at the start of the return leg of his collector's journey to the interior of Viti Levu island, the Baron Anatole von Htigel arrived in the large chiefdom of Serea (Roth and Hooper 1990:39ff.
For instance, Powhatan and Monacan societies were described in terms that evoke characteristics of a chiefdom but the elements of social inequality seem absent.
Smith (1987, 2000) focused on the Coosa chiefdom of Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia demonstrating a gradual movement downstream on the Tennessee River and the Coosa River.
In this paper, I examine the development of pottery production systems in a small-scale Philippine chiefdom which evolved in the Bais Region of Negros Oriental between about A.
Many women and men in the Chiweshe Communal Area 70 kms north of Harare, experienced the same problem of reconciling their village, chiefdom, and national ~locations' during the years between 1950 and 1980.
Oraco's interest in the Concession is the division of Net Revenues at 69% to Oraco's wholly owned subsidiary JYORK, and 31% to the Nimikoro Chiefdom ("Net Revenue", in broad terms, being the gross value of the recovery as determined by governmental agencies, less any and all costs incurred in connection with the recovery and evaluation of the product).