too many chiefs and not enough Indians






too many chiefs and not enough Indians

used to describe a situation where there are too many people giving orders and not enough people to carry them out.


Related Idioms :


big white chief

a person in authority – humorous

This expression supposedly represents Native American speech and also occurs as great white chief.

1971 - Roger Busby - Deadlock - You'd think he was the bloody big white chief instead of an OB technician.



chief cook and bottle-washer

a person who performs a variety of important but routine tasks – informal




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