couldn't run a bath

couldn't run a bath

Couldn't manage or direct someone or something. The phrase puns on the word "run," which means both to manage a place or group and, in the context of a bath, filling the bathtub with water. Why in the world did they promote David to manager? That guy couldn't run a bath!
See also: bath, run
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