Definition of kitchen sink in US English:

kitchen sink


  • 1A sink in a kitchen, used for washing dishes and preparing food.

    ‘the traditional view of women as dedicated housewives tied to the kitchen sink is all but extinct’
    • ‘The owner, in her 60s, had no idea the painting hanging over her kitchen sink for the past 40 years was a work by Scottish colourist Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell.’
    • ‘At 6.30 am, I saw the water was above the kitchen sink.’
    • ‘She left the room with board and brushes to wash them in the kitchen sink.’
    • ‘From a large metal canister on the counter next to the kitchen sink she produced three cups of baking flour.’
    • ‘Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places.’
    • ‘Her going caused the most upheaval, however, as she unscrewed the kitchen sink, rolled up the carpets and peeled off the wallpaper.’
    • ‘The washer is lightweight and fits in any kitchen sink, using an economical power consumption of 0.12 kw per wash cycle!’
    • ‘There are even a couple dozen in the cupboard space beneath the kitchen sink.’
    • ‘On the other are the chauvinist die-hards who think all women should be back at the kitchen sink.’
    • ‘My kitchen sink is made of metal.’
    • ‘Also, sensors embedded in bathtub drains and kitchen sinks could check for patterns of secretions which indicate disease.’
    • ‘One place to check is the pipes in the ceiling directly under the kitchen sink.’
    • ‘My mother giving Sadie a bath in the kitchen sink of our rental apartment.’
    • ‘Inside they found mouldy plates and pans in the kitchen sink and clothing covered with cat hairs and flea eggs.’
    • ‘It is not a good idea to use the kitchen sink; consider the laundry room sink, bathtub or bathroom sink.’
    • ‘I can no longer even see the taps in the kitchen sink.’
    • ‘Recently, my daughter was searching for a plumber to install a new kitchen sink.’
    • ‘You can do this stretch with a golf cart at the course, at your kitchen sink at home or even behind your desk at work.’
    • ‘Maria nodded and again proceeded to her cupboard over the kitchen sink, this time bringing out a deep bowl.’
    • ‘No, replies the playwright, that is a few notches up from their world; a genuine kitchen sink is what they dream about having!’
    1. 1.1as modifier (in art forms) characterized by great realism in the depiction of drab or sordid subjects.
      ‘a kitchen-sink drama’
      • ‘Written in 1958, this kitchen-sink drama was the work of a 19-year-old salesgirl who had left school at 16.’
      • ‘‘It's not your Ken Loach, kitchen-sink treatment of a working-class upbringing, that's for sure,’ he says.’
      • ‘This is much more effective than any kitchen-sink realism could ever be.’
      • ‘It represents an encouraging change from the diet of mind-numbing police shows, insular kitchen-sink dramas and cynical comedies about working class families currently dominating local television.’
      • ‘It simply doesn't work - not least because kitchen-sink realism, often wonderful in films, is one of the most inert of all theatrical forms and the most boring for an audience to watch.’
      true to life, lifelike, true, truthful, faithful, real-life, close, naturalistic, authentic, genuine, representational, graphic, convincing
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  • everything but the kitchen sink

    • humorous Everything imaginable.

      • ‘The kitchen needs to look at its salads which contain everything but the kitchen sink.’
      • ‘Engineers keep cramming in everything but the kitchen sink.’
      • ‘Nuisance notwithstanding, he still agrees with the logic behind using everything but the kitchen sink.’
      • ‘All were function tested with everything but the kitchen sink.’
      • ‘During his fits of rage, everything but the kitchen sink came out of his mouth.’
      • ‘Wanderers threw everything but the kitchen sink at their opponents in the first half, but Bucks stood firm.’
      • ‘The guy just got hit with everything but the kitchen sink and still hadn't gone down.’
      • ‘Beber treats the story as a soap opera and throws in everything but the kitchen sink.’
      • ‘For a sustained spell they threw everything but the kitchen sink at the visitors.’
      • ‘Some firms, such as Hammonds, throw in everything but the kitchen sink.’
      everything, the full treatment
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kitchen sink

/ˈˌkɪtʃən ˈsɪŋk//ˈˌkiCHən ˈsiNGk/