chief cook and bottlewasher
A person in charge of numerous duties, both vital and trivial, as in We have no secretaries or clerks; the department head is chief cook and bottlewasher and does it all. [Slang; c. 1840]
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As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
“Having been a legislator and a mayor, I particularly enjoy being a chief executive,” he said.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
This is a blow against freedom of speech, we were told, by the likes of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“You can imagine the sound of that gun on a Bronx street,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says.
She is skilful in seizing salient characteristics, and her chief aim is to preserve the individuality of her sitters and models.
She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.
M'Bongo, the great chief of this neighbourhood, paid a ceremonial visit to my husband.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
But,” said the prime minister of Flatland, starting a difficulty, “who is to be greatest chief?The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
She also practises etching, pen-and-ink drawing, as well as crayon and water-color sketching.