Definition of one-size-fits-all in English:



  • Suitable for or used in all circumstances.

    ‘people want greater choice—the end of a one-size-fits-all approach’
    • ‘The concern about Trips is that it is too much of a one-size-fits-all approach that works to the detriment of developing nations.’
    • ‘We have to be careful with this one-size-fits-all approach.’
    • ‘‘It is right and proper that we don't take a one-size-fits-all approach,’ he said.’
    • ‘In an effort to maintain success and enjoy balanced living we must remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to life.’
    • ‘This one-size-fits-all approach would not allow local jurisdictions to decide how much access is appropriate at each road end.’
    • ‘New Zealand's experience in economic and social development has shown that a one-size-fits-all approach does not get the best results.’
    • ‘He told a fathers' rights conference in Dublin he was committed to sensible reform of the one-size-fits-all approach to family legislation.’
    • ‘So, in the absence of such a tool, government uses a one-size-fits-all approach to governing.’
    • ‘A one-size-fits-all legislative approach could disturb this balance.’
    • ‘Insurance underwriting is a skilled exercise and a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate.’
    • ‘His approach is not a one-size-fits-all recipe of quick fixes.’
    • ‘Worse than that, it tries to have a one-size-fits-all sort of approach to the many professions and occupations involved in the health sector.’
    • ‘One of the fears about the new health set-up is that the service in an area like the North West could lose out in a one-size-fits-all approach.’
    • ‘What we've found is that consumers have very different needs that can't be fulfilled by a one-size-fits-all approach.’
    • ‘The real strength of Mills' book lies in her repudiation of a one-size-fits-all approach to domestic violence.’
    • ‘The pay terms of the agreement were the best deal possible given the shortcomings of the one-size-fits-all approach, he said.’
    • ‘Now is the time to abandon hierarchical norms, abandon the sink-or-swim approach to management, abandon the one-size-fits-all career path.’
    • ‘Some styles are better than others, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach that works for everyone.’
    • ‘The one-size-fits-all approach can never accommodate the vast differences in the intellectual capacity of individual pupils.’
    • ‘Individual laptops can overcome the limitations of traditional one-size-fits-all approaches to school education.’


1970s (originally denoting a garment designed to fit people of all sizes).