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everything and the kitchen sink

Nearly everything one can reasonably imagine; many different things, often to the point of excess or redundancy. An alternative form of "everything but the kitchen sink." After the bank foreclosed on our house, we had to pack up everything and the kitchen sink into our truck and drive across the state to my mother's house. We were only going to be camping for two nights, but she still insisted on bringing everything and the kitchen sink along with us.
See also: and, everything, kitchen, sink

too many chefs in the kitchen

Too many people are trying to control, influence, or work on something, with the quality of the final product suffering as a result. (A variation of the more common phrase, "Too many chefs spoil the broth/stew/soup.") A: "The more that goes wrong with this project, the more people get involved. Now we've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "It sounds to me like there are too many chefs in the kitchen."
See also: chef, kitchen, many

too many cooks in the kitchen

Too many people are trying to control, influence, or work on something, with the quality of the final product suffering as a result. (A variation of the more common phrase, "Too many cooks spoil the broth/stew/soup.") A: "The more that goes wrong with this project, the more people get involved. Now we've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "It sounds to me like there are too many cooks in the kitchen."
See also: cook, kitchen, many

Hell's Kitchen

An area of midtown Manhattan that was once characterized by crime, slums, and general seediness. Unless you're looking to get mugged, I'd stay out of Hell's Kitchen if I were you.
See also: kitchen

kitchen cabinet

A president's unofficial group of advisors, often ones who are thought to be very influential. Why does the president trust members of his kitchen cabinet more than those of us who have spent our entire careers in Washington?
See also: kitchen

everything but the kitchen sink

Nearly everything one can reasonably imagine; many different things, often to the point of excess or redundancy. After the bank foreclosed on our house, we had to pack up everything but the kitchen sink into our truck and drive across the state to my mother's house. We were only going to be camping for two nights, but she still insisted on bringing everything but the kitchen sink along with us.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

everything from soup to nuts

Nearly everything one can reasonably imagine; many different things, often to the point of excess or redundancy. After the bank foreclosed on our house, we had to pack up everything from soup to nuts into our truck and drive across the state to my mother's house. We were only going to be camping for two nights, but she still insisted on bringing everything from soup to nuts along with us.
See also: everything, nuts, soup

kitchen-sink

Showing or pertaining to the lives of common, everyday people. (Always used before a noun.) You can see that people are becoming less interested in kitchen-sink television, wanting something more thrilling or fantastical. I've tried my hand at writing science fiction, but kitchen-sink novels seem to be the only thing I'm good at.

too many cooks spoil the broth

If too many people try to control, influence, or work on something, the final product will be worse as a result. A: "We've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved in this project, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "Well, too many cooks spoil the broth, after all!"
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

If you can't cope with or handle the pressure in a given situation, you should remove yourself from that situation. Typically used to imply that the one being addressed is weak or unsuited for such work. The expression was popularized with US President Harry S. Truman. The pace is only going to pick up from here, newbie, so if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

everything but the kitchen sink

Cliché almost everything one can think of. When Sally went off to college, she took everything but the kitchen sink. John orders everything but the kitchen sink when he goes out to dinner, especially if someone else is paying for it.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

everything from soup to nuts

 and everything from A to Z
Cliché almost everything one can think of. For dinner we had everything from soup to nuts. In college I studied everything from soup to nuts.
See also: everything, nuts, soup

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Prov. If the pressures of some situation are too much for you, you should leave that situation. (Somewhat insulting; implies that the person addressed cannot tolerate pressure.) Alan: I didn't think being a stockbroker could be so stressful. Fred: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Jill: This exercise class is too tough; the teacher should let us slow down. Jane: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

everything but the kitchen sink

Also, everything under the sun. Including just about everything, whether appropriate or not. For example, Our new car has every feature-everything but the kitchen sink. This hyperbolic term may date from the early 1900s but only became widespread in the mid-1900s. The variant employs under the sun in the sense of "everything on earth," a usage dating from about a.d. 1000.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

If the pressure or stress is too great, leave or give up. For example, It'll take a lot of weekend overtime to finish, so if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen . This folksy adage has been ascribed to President Harry S. Truman, who certainly said it and may have originated it. [c. 1950]
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many persons involved in managing an activity can ruin it, as in Without a conductor, every player had an idea for how the music should go-too many cooks spoil the broth . This expression alludes to each of many cooks adding something to a soup, which finally tastes awful. It was already considered a proverb in 1575 (by George Gascoigne in The Life of P. Care).
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

too many cooks spoil the broth

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

too many cooks in the kitchen

AMERICAN
If you say too many cooks spoil the broth or too many cooks in the kitchen, you mean that a plan or project fails because there are too many people working on it at the same time. Documentation was meant to be written and edited by small teams at best — too many cooks spoil the broth. Declaring that `there are simply too many cooks in the kitchen', the Senator has proposed the creation of a single committee to handle this year's legislation. Note: People often use the shorter phrase too many cooks. So far nothing had worked. One problem was that there were simply too many cooks.
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

You say if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen to tell someone that if they cannot deal with a difficult situation, they should leave. If the pressure is too much for you, you know what they say, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Note: This expression is often varied, for instance by using can't take or don't like instead of can't stand, or by saying that someone should get out of the kitchen. I have no sympathy for local shopkeepers. If they can't take the heat, they should get out of the kitchen. If you are a manager of a top football club and you don't like the heat you should get out of the kitchen. Note: This expression became very widely known when the American President Harry S. Truman used it in 1952 to announce that he would not stand again for president.
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

everything but the kitchen sink

You use everything but the kitchen sink to talk about a lot of different objects, many of which are unnecessary. They tend to pack everything but the kitchen sink in rather too many suitcases. Note: Kitchen sink is used in other structures to mean a lot of different objects. Their stores sell everything including the kitchen sink. Note: This expression is used humorously.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

too many cooks spoil the broth

if too many people are involved in a task or activity, it will not be done well. proverb
1997 Times Too many cooks spoil the broth and at Apple there is now the equivalent of Marco Pierre White , Anton Mosimann and Nico Ladenis .
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

if you can't deal with the pressures and difficulties of a situation or task, you should leave others to deal with it rather than complaining. proverb
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

everything but the kitchen sink

everything imaginable. informal, humorous
This expression was identified by Eric Partridge in his Dictionary of Forces' Slang ( 1948 ) as being used in the context of an intense bombardment in which the enemy fired everything they had except the kitchen sink (or including the kitchen sink ).
1965 Ed McBain Doll Brown began searching. ‘Everything in here but the kitchen sink,’ he said.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

too many cooks spoil the ˈbroth

(saying) if too many people try to do something it will not be done well or properly
Broth is a kind of thick soup.
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

everything but/bar the kitchen ˈsink

(informal, humorous) many more things than are necessary: She was only staying for a few days, but she brought everything with her bar the kitchen sink!
See also: bar, but, everything, kitchen, sink

everything from soup to nuts

and everything from A to Z and everything but the kitchen sink
n. everything imaginable. (Colloquial.) I have everything from soup to nuts in my briefcase. He brought everything but the kitchen sink.
See also: everything, nuts, soup

everything but the kitchen sink

verb
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

If you can’t stand the heat, keep out of the kitchen

sent. If you cannot accept the problems of involvement, do not get involved. Yes, it’s difficult to be a candidate. If you can’t stand the heat, keep out of the kitchen.
See also: if, keep, kitchen, of, out, stand
References in classic literature ?
Sophie threw open the door and called down into the kitchen, where the Clokes were covering the fire "Mrs.
The broom tail resumed its accustomed duties in the kitchen, and finally, the Scarecrow replaced all the clotheslines and ropes on the pegs from which he had taken them on the eventful day when the Thing was constructed.
asked Tom, investigating the kitchen boiler with deep interest.
George thought she must have rubbed her nose with her finger after she had been handling some of the kitchen pots.
But first you come down to the kitchen with me, and have a nice warm bath behind the stove.
However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us.
The store-room, the linen-presses, the china-closet, the kitchen and cellar, that day, all went under an awful review.
When we was passing by the kitchen I fell over a root and made a noise.
I reached the Grange before sunset, and knocked for admittance; but the family had retreated into the back premises, I judged, by one thin, blue wreath, curling from the kitchen chimney, and they did not hear.
In his lay capacity, he persisted in sitting down in the damp to such an insane extent, that when his coat was taken off to be dried at the kitchen fire, the circumstantial evidence on his trousers would have hanged him if it had been a capital offence.
Yes, it is infested with rats," said Tabitha tearfully, "I caught seven young ones out of one hole in the back kitchen, and we had them for dinner last Saturday.
This pantry opened into a kind of wash-up kitchen, and in this was firewood; there was also a cupboard, in which we found nearly a dozen of burgundy, tinned soups and salmon, and two tins of biscuits.
Brown, as he opened the kitchen door; "content yourself with building castles in the air, where house-lots are cheaper than on earth, to say nothing of the cost of bricks and mortar.
The kitchen had had none of her attention that day; it was soiled with the tread of muddy shoes and untidy with clothes and other objects out of place.
Then they took away her fine clothes, and gave her an old grey frock to put on, and laughed at her, and turned her into the kitchen.