Bottle-washer

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bottle-washer one whose business it is to wash out the bottles, a factotum generally
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bouteille, dim. of botte, a vessel for liquids—Low L. butis, a vessel.

Usage

In literature:

The damned bottle-washers stood about listening with their mouths stretched from ear to ear.
"Lord Jim" by Joseph Conrad
A few moments later I had completed my task as general bottle-washer, and I cast about for something to occupy me.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
But only look; Phil has found an old `bottle washer.
"Hollowdell Grange" by George Manville Fenn
Cooks and bottle washers, likely.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
You've been bottle-washer to a photographer for a bit, haven't you?
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
From her earliest years she has been bottle washer to her brothers.
"Three Plays by Granville-Barker" by Harley Granville-Barker
I shall expect you to be chief cook, but not bottle-washer.
"Molly Brown's Freshman Days" by Nell Speed
Chief cook and bottle washer, what have you got for breakfast?
"The Motor Maids Across the Continent" by Katherine Stokes
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In news:

He replaced the washers with 34 soft-mount, high-speed extract washers that spin clothes so dry that drying time, and thus usage of the bottled gas that runs the dryers, is reduced.
Chief Executive, Cook and Bottle Washer.
In this Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012, photo, Darvin Peterson loads glass bottles into a washer before they are filled up for the last time at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Winona, Minn.
Sometimes, being an entrepreneur means rolling up your sleeves and making the shift from chief cook to bottle washer.
TRU TECHNOLOGIES EPITOMIZES THE ONE-MAN SHOP RICH IS THE CEO, CFO, COO, JANITOR, INVENTOR, SUSPENSION TECHNICIAN, MOTOR GUY, WELDER AND CHIEF BOTTLE WASHER.
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