all-purpose all-purpose

Definition(s):

  • (adj) not limited in use or function

Usage(s):

  1. Clorox spent about $20 million to develop the products--all-purpose, dilutable, bathroom, toilet-bowl and glass-and-surface cleaners.
  2. Hippies made it a sort of all-purpose symbol of peacefulness.
  3. In Switzerland, of course, because everyone knows that Swiss banks never go bust, are as all-purpose as the army's knife, and are the very soul of discretion.

News

  1. Breaking the Waves

    Free Radio Santa Cruz celebrates 18 years of subversive programming Though the term “free radio” comes to us from the Summer of Love—a time when some folks splashed the word “free” on their nouns like an all-purpose verbal condiment—you can rest assured that the name Free Radio Santa Cruz (FRSC) is no mere tip of the hat to the psychedelic era. For the past 18 years, the colorful characters at ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Good Times

  2. Public weighs in on Evesham school board member controversy

    EVESHAM—The 100 or so residents who packed the all-purpose room at Marlton Elementary School had much to say following the board of education’s decision during a special meeting on June 5 to hire a special counsel to investigate inappropriate comments allegedly made by a board member at the May 23 board meeting (Click here for related story).
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Medford Central Record

  3. All-purpose tool

    All-purpose tool
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Pasadena Weekly

Quotes

  1. "Without a doubt he is the best all-purpose back in the history of the NFL," Kelly said. "The big reason I made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was because No. 34 was behind me. . . . He needs to join the elite because Thurman Thomas...
    on Feb 2, 2007 By: Jim Kelly Source: San Jose Mercury News

  2. "Scotty is an all-purpose guy for us," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "He's strong on the draw, he's a top penalty killer and he's one of the leaders. We're going to miss him, but we've missed a lot of players over the last year or so. We...
    on Apr 11, 2008 By: Barry Trotz Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "It's sort of an all-purpose expression of feeling like a bit of an outcast," Reynolds said. "It kind of gives a grandeur to everyone's woes."
    on Nov 9, 2007 By: Simon Reynolds Source: International Herald Tribune

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