bottlewasher

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

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

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, bottlewasher, chief, cook

chief cook and bottle washer

verb
See also: and, bottle, chief, cook, washer

chief cook and bottle washer

Individual who has most of the many and quite varied responsibilities in an enterprise. This slangy Americanism originated in the first half of the 1800s. Alluding to kitchen duties, the term is used far more broadly, as in “Mr. Miller described himself as the ‘president, chief cook and bottle washer’ of his company” (New York Times, Nov. 7, 1992).
See also: and, bottle, chief, cook, washer
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More than PS15,000 had been matched on the market leader at 1.01 in running on Betfair and it was 9-2 Chief Bottlewasher - had been backed at bigger than 10 in the morning - who scored a fortunate win after hitting 110.
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. Eventually we gathered our strength and made our way to a table near one of the intricate stained glass windows.
From chief statistician to chief cook and bottlewasher, Stephen Harper's inner circle was not the least bit rankled by the pleas of those who rely on the rich data collected with the long-form census.
Unable to enlist as he was German, he worked as a bottlewasher at the Express Dairy Farm in Golders Green where he drew comic portraits of his colleagues.
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.
The price of the Renegade SOB is $79.99 in cowhide and $94.99 from the master holstermaker and chief bottlewasher himself.
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. As he is cutting away Bourne's wet suit, we see two bloody bullet holes in his back - but there are no holes on the wet suit that he had just cut away.
"Peter wants to be chief cook and bottlewasher. He takes risks but they won't always pay off."
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.
His business card carries his complete job title: Chief Cook, Bottlewasher & Handyman, (MANAGER/BUYER).