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Difference between “Butcher, baker, candlestick maker” and “chief cook and bottle washer”

butcher, baker, candlestick makersaid of people with traditional occupations or skills:

  • Jean rushed to his favorite wine merchant, to his tobacconist, to his butcher, baker, candlestick maker.

Note: The expression is not equivalent in meaning to the phrase doctor, lawyer, or Indian chief—whatever your profession or occupation:

  • You can be a doctor, lawyer, or Indian chief, as the rhyme goes. But in the midst of making a living, what kind of person will you be?

chief cook and bottle washer —(also: head cook and bottle washer) smb. who is in charge but who also has to attend to trivial duties; a person (specifically a spouse) who does everything:

  • As a stay at home Dad, I am also the chief cook and bottle washer.