[ wuhn-sahyz-fits-awl ]
/ ˈwʌnˈsaɪzˌfɪtsˈɔl /
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(of clothing) designed to fit people of a wide range of sizes.
Informal. acceptable or used for a wide variety of purposes or circumstances; appealing or suitable to a variety of tastes.
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Origin of one-size-fits-all
First recorded in 1905–10
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How to use one-size-fits-all in a sentence
Spreading a one-size-fits-all model for girls' education could backfire.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More|Paula Kweskin|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wearable technology may be useful, but so far its designs have been clunky and one-size-fits-all.Nail Polish Is the Next Wearable Tech|Elizabeth Lopatto|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The federal and state governments create cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all solutions that frustrate rather than serve.How Cities Are Fixing America|Bruce Katz, Jennifer Bradley|June 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But there's one problem: most papal robes aren't one-size-fits-all.The Vatican's Big Fashion Problem: How Fat Is the New Pope?|Misty White Sidell|March 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The clearest lesson learned is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, although the problems are similar everywhere.Sarah Brown: How to Save Mothers’ Lives|Sarah Brown, Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran|August 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for one-size-fits-all
relating to policies or approaches that are standard and not tailored to individual needs
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