head cook and bottle washer

head 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, cook, head, washer
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head cook and bottle washer

and chief cook and bottle washer
n. someone who is in charge of trivial things as well as the important things. Ten years I’m here, and I’m just the head cook and bottle washer. The chief cook and bottle washer ends up doing everything that has to be done.
See also: and, bottle, cook, head, washer
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"I sent him a couple of photographs and, for a gag, I wrote in the letter, 'Now that you're head cook and bottle washer, if you have any parts for an old man, let me know'.
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