all things to all men


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all things to all men

 and all things to all people
Fig. [for someone or something] liked or used by all people; [for someone or something] everything that is wanted by all people. You simply can't be all things to all people. The candidate set out to be all things to all men and came off looking very wishy-washy.
See also: all, men, thing
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The present Archbishop of Canterbury is regarded by most of us as a silly old goat, trying, it appears as he does, to be all things to all men.
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