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maid of all work

noun
  1. a maid who does all types of housework
  2. a general factotum
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Examples from the Web for maid of all work

Historical Examples

  • Mary, the maid-of-all-work, took her duties in a very haphazard way.

    An Australian Lassie

    Lilian Turner

  • She was a sort of maid-of-all-work and companion to the old woman.

  • Jane got a place as maid-of-all-work—and very hard work it was.

    Taking Tales

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There was somebody there beside the maid-of-all-work, and Laura was sure she knew who.

  • No maid-of-all-work in a cheap boarding-house was ever more harassed.


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