kitchen-sink
adjective Date: 1941 1. chiefly British portraying or emphasizing the squalid aspects of modern life <
the kitchen-sink realism of contemporary British drama — Current Biography
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2. being or made up of a hodgepodge of disparate elements or ingredients

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  • Kitchen sink — For the plumbing fixture, see sink. * Everything but the kitchen sink is an English phrase used to denote wildly exaggerated inclusion. It is used in phrases such as, He brought everything but the kitchen sink. It may also be rendered as,… …   Wikipedia

  • kitchen-sink — ˌ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷ adjective 1. chiefly Britain : portraying or emphasizing the squalid aspects of modern life the kitchen sink realism of contemporary British drama Current Biography 2. : being or made up of a hodgepodge of disparate elements or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • kitchen-sink — (KICH.un sink) v. To announce all of a company s bad financial news at one time. Example Citation: Job cuts and a dividend reduction are thought to have already been factored into the share price. Equity salesmen believe that there is also little …   New words

  • kitchen-sink — British & Australian a kitchen sink play, film, or style of painting is one which shows ordinary people s lives. Kitchen sink drama came into fashion in the 1950s. (always before noun) In his latest work, he is moving away from kitchen sink… …   New idioms dictionary

  • kitchen sink — /kɪtʃən ˈsɪŋk/ (say kichuhn singk) noun 1. a sink in a kitchen. –phrase 2. everything but the kitchen sink, Colloquial a large number of miscellaneous items …   Australian English dictionary

  • kitchen-sink — kitch′en sink′ adj. cvb marked by an indiscriminate and omnivorous use of elements: a kitchen sink approach to moviemaking[/ex] • Etymology: 1940–45 …   From formal English to slang

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