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1factótum masculine formal, humorous
- She is perpetually and dangerously angry, bluntly refusing - although employed in a factotum capacity - to perform many of the chores she is given, often colouring her refusal with some venomous invective.
- When his grandson was born in 1604, his family of three had four servants, apart from his factotum and sole studio assistant, Francisco de Preboste.
- He worked as a general factotum at Keadeen Hotel for 37 years.
- Hans, talented in many ways, was a general factotum in Maye's.
- Alain Locke's role as a general factotum of the Harlem Renaissance has tended to overshadow the full dimensions of an active and productive life.
- I've heard politicians and their factotums express themselves in this way about people who are so angry they can barely express themselves, or who have grievances that they cannot articulate properly.
- I quickly grasped, however, that if not the factotum of the city, he was very well connected in a certain subculture whose existence I was just, by hearsay, becoming aware of.
- They are attended by the soulless shades of their most fanatical worshippers, courtiers, and factotums.
- His factotum, George Dolby, records that Dickens would nerve himself one hour into each journey with a draught of brandy.
- Emily, as her loyal factotum explains, is happiest and best at taking care of other people.
- Mme D. likes to pull strings, and uses her pallid lady's companion, the spinster Capulat, as her factotum.
- Later, impersonating the family's trusted factotum, Oreo confronts an officious medical professional.
- An indication of the old Greenock club's decline was the declaration of only two substitutes, one of whom was Ally Maxwell, who fulfils a number of roles from coach to general factotum.
- Artificer, constructor, factotum, a man who loves impossible bets, he says: ‘How did the idea come to me to construct the greatest globe of the world in the world?’