1
: designed to conform to all shapes and sizes
one-size-fits-all T-shirts
One-size-fits-all gloves by Nolan Glove have gripper palms that are perfect for holding on …Andrea Skinner
If you are small of ear, you may find that those one-size-fits-all earbuds simply don't fit.David Pogue
2
: covering, used for, or applying to all cases or individuals without modification
This past spring, The New England Journal of Medicine published a series of articles by well-known geneticists who expressed frustration and disappointment at their inability to hit upon a one-size-fits-all genetic explanation for common diseases, which had seemed within their grasp only a few years ago.Matthew Stremlau
Levine says the old, one-size-fits-all approach allows too many youngsters to fall through the cracks—kids who may be perfectly intelligent but struggle in school.Barbara Kantrowitz et al.
Skeptics worry that patients are too varied and doctors too accustomed to providing unlimited care for a one-size-fits-all payment policy.Catherine Arnst
Where once there was the one-size-fits-all fixed-rate 30-year mortgage, now there is a bewildering assortment of home-financing arrangements …Consumer Reports

Examples of one-size-fits-all in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crinkle texture is super stretchy, so the one-size-fits-all style can fit different body types. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 29 Mar. 2024 Limited resources in learning and development have led us to believe that common, one-size-fits-all learning experiences will lead to more skilled performance. David James, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 But overall, diet experts wants to remind people that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to eating healthy. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 Despite what American studios consider the most marketable immigrant stories—i.e. feel-good stories—real immigrant stories are not one-size-fits-all. Suzy Exposito, Vogue, 26 Mar. 2024 Balancing Efficiency and Employee Well-Being Transitioning to remote or hybrid work isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, as some roles thrive best onsite, and many employees excel in traditional office environments. Ebony Flake, Essence, 21 Mar. 2024 The second thing is that the cable bundle was one-size-fits-all. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024 As is the case with pretty much anything else in life, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to cooking. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2024 There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer for a single best food, because everyone is different, nutrition experts stress. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of one-size-fits-all was in 1905

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“One-size-fits-all.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one-size-fits-all. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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