all-com·​ers | \ ¦ȯl-¦kə-mərz How to pronounce all-comers (audio) \

Definition of all-comers

: not restricted to a particular group or category of participants : open At an all-comers track meet he entered the 1,500 meters in his school shorts and no shoes.— Daniel Silva, The Unlikely Spy, 1995 One week into the exhibition season and the 49ers are practically holding all-comers tryouts for quarterback.— Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Aug. 2011

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First Known Use of all-comers

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for all-comers

from the phrase open to all comers

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The first known use of all-comers was in 1864

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“All-comers.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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