fetch and carry

fetch and carry (for someone)

To perform menial tasks or errands at the behest of someone else. I thought the internship would teach me valuable skills in business, but all I did was fetch and carry for the office manager.
See also: and, carry, fetch
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fetch and carry

Do errands and other menial tasks, as in She was hired as administrative assistant, but all she does is fetch and carry for the department's supervisor . This expression originally alluded to dogs that were taught to carry various objects for their masters. It has been applied to humans since the late 1700s.
See also: and, carry, fetch
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

fetch and carry

go backwards and forwards bringing things to someone in a servile fashion.
This phrase was originally used to refer to a dog retrieving game that had been shot.
See also: and, carry, fetch
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fetch and ˈcarry (for somebody)

be always doing small jobs for somebody; act as if you were somebody’s servant: I hate having to fetch and carry for my husband all day. Why can’t he do more for himself?
See also: and, carry, fetch
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References in classic literature ?
Snell 'ud happen send the boy up to fetch and carry, for there may be things wanted from the doctor's."