all-arounder

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noun all-around·er \ ¦ȯl-ə-¦rau̇n-dər \

Definition of all-arounder

plural all-arounders
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:one having many skills or uses
  • This eye catching jacket shouldn't be left at home just because you're not skiing. It's a great all-arounder in the fall and spring, too.
  • Lands' End (Catalog)1979
; especially :a versatile athlete who can perform well in different roles and is not a specialist in one particular aspect of a sport
  • There were three key opponents we had to mark. Abrahama Olano, a tough all-arounder from Spain, was in second place overall, about six minutes behind Lance.
  • —John Bruyneel with Bill StricklandWe Might as Well Win2008
  • … sluggers like Sammy … are no more valuable than all-arounders like Bobby Abreu …
  • —Scott BerryESPN17 Apr. 2000
  • an all-arounder in gymnastics [=a gymnast who competes in all-around competitions]

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