maid of all work


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maid of all work

A female servant or domestic worker who is responsible for all duties within a house. The phrase is often hyphenated. I spent eight years as a maid-of-all-work for a small household in upper Norfolk, so don't presume to question my work ethic. We're looking for a maid of all work to take care of the various jobs around the estate.
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maid of all work

The female equivalent of Jack of all trades.
See also: all, maid, of, work
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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