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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

be chief cook and bottle washer

  (humorous)
to be the person who is responsible for cooking meals and washing the pans and dishes It's my birthday party, so Alan is chief cook and bottle washer tonight.
See also: and, bottle, chief, cook, washer

too many chiefs (and not enough Indians)

too many bosses, and not enough people to do the work I can't find anyone to do the photocopying. There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians in this company.
See also: chief, many

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

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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In a majority of African chiefdoms and kingdoms, the stool is taken out only on special occasions, for instance, during an annual tribal dance or when the chief or king dies or is "missing" as most Africans refer to the death of a king.
Traditions consistently link the Heketa site with three lineal generations of Tu'i Tonga: the tenth, Momo; the eleventh, Tuitatui; and the twelfth, Talatama, who is credited with moving the chiefdom to Lapaha where it reached its greatest extent.
Just as in the old god-house, this Christian continuation establishes an elite rite from which most of the chiefdom and most of the congregation have been excluded.
The President of the Islamic Chiefdom in Bosnia and Herzegovina Sheikh Hassan Kavazovic has flown to Kuwait on an official visit to the Gulf country where he is expected to meet Kuwaiti officials on charitable and humanitarian activities.
The agreement stipulates that Mexivada and the Gbense Chiefdom will share net profits from the venture on a basis of 70% to MGD and 30% to the Gbense Chiefdom.
The patriarch Majumba catalogued "seductions" in his chiefdom, where carousing girls who purportedly took "unheard of drugs" (likely herbal aphrodisiacs) provoked young men "who had fallen in love with a girl to break off their engagements:" Testimony of Majumba, 14 Feb.
Peoples formerly associated with the great Moundville chiefdom and refugees of the smaller Bottle Creek chiefdom in the upper Mobile delta settled west of the Tombigbee River.
The change during 30 decisive years (1840-1870) of the precolonial Pwajaa ma Nabuumee chiefdom into an administrative chiefdom, which remained in the hands of the Pwajaa but was fitted into the colonial system, entailed, through the events surrounding Goodu, intense warfare and strong-arm efforts to restore order.
Preliminary information received from the field indicates that one laboratory confirmed case and five community deaths have been reported from Koindu chiefdom," WHO officals said.
Marked out as a monumental area with a rock-cut water-carrying ditch, it soon developed as the site of a sequence of megalithic tombs, in parallel with the documented expansion of the maritime chiefdom.
On Friday, World Vision finished distributing nearly 170 metric tons of food to people in the southwest Kono chiefdom.
Subsequent phases include village-level societies subjected to an ecology of disease shaped by agricultural practices, followed by more progressively more differentiated chiefdom, prestate and state societies, including empires and civilizations where a much more complex picture of sickness and healing can be found.
Cycling itself refers to the fluctuations in administrative levels in the chiefdom societies of the Mississippian era from village-level more egalitarian societies to simple chiefdoms and finally to hierarchical complex chiefdoms where a paramount chief controls a number of smaller chiefdoms and considerable land.
Fresh insights are gained by applying the chiefdom model favouring chiefly control over local resources and surpluses, while a semblance of egalitarianism is maintained through architecture and burial.
Cycling itself refers to the fluctuations in administrative levels in the chiefdom societies of the Mississippian era from village-level, more egalitarian societies to simple chiefdoms and finally to hierarchical complex chiefdoms where a paramount chief controls a number of smaller chiefdoms and considerable land.