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Examples from the Web for all-round

Contemporary Examples of all-round

  • Is it easier for scientists to impress arts students with their all-round knowledge than vice versa?

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    Peter Stothard

    March 26, 2010

Historical Examples of all-round

  • He was the best example of an all-round invalid I ever stacked up against.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • But Rajendrahal Mitra was an all-round expert and was an academy in himself.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • "I am a bookkeeper, and an all-round office man," added the sick man.

    From Farm to Fortune

    Horatio Alger Jr.

  • There has been an all-round decrease, corresponding to the decrease of the population.

    Home Rule

    Harold Spender

  • Among other peoples, only Scandinavians ever had such an all-round lot as this.

    All Afloat

    William Wood

British Dictionary definitions for all-round



efficient in all respects, esp in sport; versatilean all-round player
comprehensive; many-sided; not narrowan all-round education
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for all-round

1728, from all + round (adj.). All-rounder is from 1855 as a type of men's collar; 1875 as a person who is good at everything.

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