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.
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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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