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everything and the kitchen sink

Nearly everything one can reasonably imagine; many different things, often to the point of excess or redundancy. An alternative form of "everything but the kitchen sink." After the bank foreclosed on our house, we had to pack up everything and the kitchen sink into our truck and drive across the state to my mother's house. We were only going to be camping for two nights, but she still insisted on bringing everything and the kitchen sink along with us.
See also: and, everything, kitchen, sink

too many chefs in the kitchen

Too many people are trying to control, influence, or work on something, with the quality of the final product suffering as a result. (A variation of the more common phrase, "Too many chefs spoil the broth/stew/soup.") A: "The more that goes wrong with this project, the more people get involved. Now we've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "It sounds to me like there are too many chefs in the kitchen."
See also: chef, kitchen, many

too many cooks in the kitchen

Too many people are trying to control, influence, or work on something, with the quality of the final product suffering as a result. (A variation of the more common phrase, "Too many cooks spoil the broth/stew/soup.") A: "The more that goes wrong with this project, the more people get involved. Now we've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "It sounds to me like there are too many cooks in the kitchen."
See also: cook, kitchen, many

Hell's Kitchen

An area of midtown Manhattan that was once characterized by crime, slums, and general seediness. Unless you're looking to get mugged, I'd stay out of Hell's Kitchen if I were you.
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kitchen cabinet

A president's unofficial group of advisors, often ones who are thought to be very influential. Why does the president trust members of his kitchen cabinet more than those of us who have spent our entire careers in Washington?
See also: kitchen

everything but the kitchen sink

Nearly everything one can reasonably imagine; many different things, often to the point of excess or redundancy. After the bank foreclosed on our house, we had to pack up everything but the kitchen sink into our truck and drive across the state to my mother's house. We were only going to be camping for two nights, but she still insisted on bringing everything but the kitchen sink along with us.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

everything from soup to nuts

Everything one can reasonably imagine; many different things, often to the point of excess or redundancy. After the bank foreclosed on our house, we had to pack up everything from soup to nuts into our truck and drive across the state to my mother's house. We were only going to be camping for two nights, but she still insisted on bringing everything from soup to nuts along with us.
See also: everything, nuts, soup

kitchen-sink

Showing or pertaining to the lives of common, everyday people. (Always used before a noun.) You can see that people are becoming less interested in kitchen-sink television, wanting something more thrilling or fantastical. I've tried my hand at writing science fiction, but kitchen-sink novels seem to be the only thing I'm good at.

too many cooks spoil the broth

If too many people try to control, influence, or work on something, the final product will be worse as a result. A: "We've got my boss, his boss, the assistant manager, a freelance consultant, and the head of IT all involved in this project, and it's turning into a complete disaster!" B: "Well, too many cooks spoil the broth, after all!"
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

If you can't cope with or handle the pressure in a given situation, you should remove yourself from that situation. Typically used to imply that the one being addressed is weak or unsuited for such work. The expression was popularized with US President Harry S. Truman. The pace is only going to pick up from here, newbie, so if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

everything but the kitchen sink

Cliché almost everything one can think of. When Sally went off to college, she took everything but the kitchen sink. John orders everything but the kitchen sink when he goes out to dinner, especially if someone else is paying for it.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

everything from soup to nuts

 and everything from A to Z
Cliché almost everything one can think of. For dinner we had everything from soup to nuts. In college I studied everything from soup to nuts.
See also: everything, nuts, soup

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Prov. If the pressures of some situation are too much for you, you should leave that situation. (Somewhat insulting; implies that the person addressed cannot tolerate pressure.) Alan: I didn't think being a stockbroker could be so stressful. Fred: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Jill: This exercise class is too tough; the teacher should let us slow down. Jane: If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

everything but the kitchen sink

Also, everything under the sun. Including just about everything, whether appropriate or not. For example, Our new car has every feature-everything but the kitchen sink. This hyperbolic term may date from the early 1900s but only became widespread in the mid-1900s. The variant employs under the sun in the sense of "everything on earth," a usage dating from about a.d. 1000.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

If the pressure or stress is too great, leave or give up. For example, It'll take a lot of weekend overtime to finish, so if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen . This folksy adage has been ascribed to President Harry S. Truman, who certainly said it and may have originated it. [c. 1950]
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many persons involved in managing an activity can ruin it, as in Without a conductor, every player had an idea for how the music should go-too many cooks spoil the broth . This expression alludes to each of many cooks adding something to a soup, which finally tastes awful. It was already considered a proverb in 1575 (by George Gascoigne in The Life of P. Care).
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

too many cooks spoil the broth

BRITISH, AMERICAN or

too many cooks in the kitchen

AMERICAN
If you say too many cooks spoil the broth or too many cooks in the kitchen, you mean that a plan or project fails because there are too many people working on it at the same time. Documentation was meant to be written and edited by small teams at best — too many cooks spoil the broth. Declaring that `there are simply too many cooks in the kitchen', the Senator has proposed the creation of a single committee to handle this year's legislation. Note: People often use the shorter phrase too many cooks. So far nothing had worked. One problem was that there were simply too many cooks.
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

You say if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen to tell someone that if they cannot deal with a difficult situation, they should leave. If the pressure is too much for you, you know what they say, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Note: This expression is often varied, for instance by using can't take or don't like instead of can't stand, or by saying that someone should get out of the kitchen. I have no sympathy for local shopkeepers. If they can't take the heat, they should get out of the kitchen. If you are a manager of a top football club and you don't like the heat you should get out of the kitchen. Note: This expression became very widely known when the American President Harry S. Truman used it in 1952 to announce that he would not stand again for president.
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

everything but the kitchen sink

You use everything but the kitchen sink to talk about a lot of different objects, many of which are unnecessary. They tend to pack everything but the kitchen sink in rather too many suitcases. Note: Kitchen sink is used in other structures to mean a lot of different objects. Their stores sell everything including the kitchen sink. Note: This expression is used humorously.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

too many cooks spoil the broth

if too many people are involved in a task or activity, it will not be done well. proverb
1997 Times Too many cooks spoil the broth and at Apple there is now the equivalent of Marco Pierre White , Anton Mosimann and Nico Ladenis .
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

if you can't deal with the pressures and difficulties of a situation or task, you should leave others to deal with it rather than complaining. proverb
See also: get, if, kitchen, of, out, stand

everything but the kitchen sink

everything imaginable. informal, humorous
This expression was identified by Eric Partridge in his Dictionary of Forces' Slang ( 1948 ) as being used in the context of an intense bombardment in which the enemy fired everything they had except the kitchen sink (or including the kitchen sink ).
1965 Ed McBain Doll Brown began searching. ‘Everything in here but the kitchen sink,’ he said.
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

too many cooks spoil the ˈbroth

(saying) if too many people try to do something it will not be done well or properly
Broth is a kind of thick soup.
See also: broth, cook, many, spoil

everything but/bar the kitchen ˈsink

(informal, humorous) many more things than are necessary: She was only staying for a few days, but she brought everything with her bar the kitchen sink!
See also: bar, but, everything, kitchen, sink

everything from soup to nuts

and everything from A to Z and everything but the kitchen sink
n. everything imaginable. (Colloquial.) I have everything from soup to nuts in my briefcase. He brought everything but the kitchen sink.
See also: everything, nuts, soup

everything but the kitchen sink

verb
See also: but, everything, kitchen, sink

If you can’t stand the heat, keep out of the kitchen

sent. If you cannot accept the problems of involvement, do not get involved. Yes, it’s difficult to be a candidate. If you can’t stand the heat, keep out of the kitchen.
See also: if, keep, kitchen, of, out, stand
References in classic literature ?
It shone full and clear and cold, upon the house amongst the rocks, and in at the kitchen window.
a wall beside the kitchen fireplace-- a little iron door belonging to a brick oven, of that old-fashioned sort that used to be heated with faggots of wood.
Our white frame house, with a storey and half-storey above the basement, stood at the east end of what I might call the farmyard, with the windmill close by the kitchen door.
The floor was littered with smashed hardware; the end of the kitchen towards the house was broken into, and since the daylight shone in there, it was evident the greater part of the house had collapsed.
At the sight of that we crawled as circumspectly as possible out of the twilight of the kitchen into the darkness of the scullery.
Adam, unable to bear this any longer, rose silently from the bench and walked out of the workshop into the kitchen.
Lisbeth no sooner entered the kitchen and sat down than she threw her apron over her head, and began to cry and moan and rock herself as before.
Dinah, who required large intervals of reflection and repose, and was studious of ease in all her arrangements, was seated on the kitchen floor, smoking a short, stumpy pipe, to which she was much addicted, and which she always kindled up, as a sort of censer, whenever she felt the need of an inspiration in her arrangements.
Miss Ophelia, after passing on her reformatory tour through all the other parts of the establishment, now entered the kitchen.
Enlivened by his brightening prospects, he began to caper about the kitchen like a hobgoblin, with the queerest antics of his lean limbs, and gesticulations of his starved features.
Affery, my woman,' said Mr Flintwinch grimly, after advancing his nose to that lady's lips as a test for the detection of spirituous liquors, 'if you don't get tea pretty quick, old woman, you'll become sensible of a rustle and a touch that'll send you flying to the other end of the kitchen.
I know why Hareton never speaks, when I am in the kitchen,' she exclaimed, on another occasion.
When he re-entered the kitchen the lamp lit up the same scene of shining comfort as on the previous evening.
Mr Jones was at this time comforting the poor distressed lady, who sat down at a table in the kitchen, and leaning her head upon her arm, was bemoaning her misfortunes; but lest my fair readers should be in pain concerning a particular circumstance, I think proper here to acquaint them, that before she had quitted the room above stairs, she had so well covered herself with a pillowbeer which she there found, that her regard to decency was not in the least violated by the presence of so many men as were now in the room.
I--I'm afraid you'll have ter have bread and milk in the kitchen with me.