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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If you're fed up being chief cook and bottle-washer, then say so - loudly.
And chief cook and bottle-washer Diane Beech helped them refurbish a four-bedroom cottage next door which they now run successfully as a B&B.
He spends his days as chief cook and bottle-washer, catering for the needs of around 150 prisoners.
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