One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person whose job or task it is to wash the dishes and other utensils in a kitchen.
- ‘He worked for a while as a washer-up in a French restaurant, saving up to go to La Coupole; Conran was continually astonished by ‘this place where they had never heard of rationing.’’
- ‘I was working as a washer-up in an Indian restaurant in Stratford-Upon-Avon, back in 1985.’
- ‘He worked first as a washer-up and, later, as a manager at Pasta Mania, and as a night manager at a burger bar in Covent Garden.’
- ‘The hotel's general manager said ‘Jeremy was booked in as a guest, and our regular washer-up was late.’’
- ‘Make sure you recruit a washer-up at home before you start cooking, though - the argument being that all your time and creative energy will have been spent fine-tuning your new repertoire to perfection.’
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