kitchen police

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kitchen police

n. Abbr. KP
1. Enlisted military personnel assigned to work in a kitchen.
2. Military duty assisting cooks.

kitchen police

pl n
(Military) US soldiers who have been detailed to work in the kitchen, esp as a punishment. Abbreviation: KP


n., pl. KPs, KP's for 5.
1. military duty as a kitchen helper: assigned to KP.
2. a soldier detailed to work as kitchen help.
[1915–20, Amer.; k(itchen) p(olice)]


1. Knight of the Order of St. Patrick.
2. Knights of Pythias.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: police - an enlisted person who is assigned to assist the cooks
enlisted person - a serviceman who ranks below a commissioned officer
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