all things to all people

All things to all people
When we try to be all things to all people, we try to satifsy everyone, and often end up satisfying no one.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • All Things to All People — Infobox Album | Name = All Things to All People Type = Album Artist = Carpark North Released = April 25, 2005 Genre = Rock Length = Reviews = * Gaffa rating|4|6 [http://gaffa.dk/anmeldelser/view.php/mreview id=28949/artist focus=21169 link] (in… …   Wikipedia

  • all things to all people —    If you are all things to all people, you please or satisfy everyone.     She s exhausted tying to be a good wife, a good mother and a good teacher, but she can t be all things to all people …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • all things to all people — everything that every person wants. The baseball museum is all things to all people, which means that both old and young can enjoy this visual history of the game. Usage notes: often as a negative: A political party cannot be all things to all… …   New idioms dictionary

  • all things to all people — satisfy everyone, live up to    Be yourself. Stop trying to be all things to all people …   English idioms

  • all things to all people/men — a person or thing that makes all people happy by giving them what they want or need It was clear that the senator was trying to be all things to all people in her campaign. The museum is all things to all people, young and old. • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • be all things to all people — be all things to all men/people/ phrase to please everyone, especially by doing many different things or by changing your behaviour a lot You have to stop trying to be all things to all people. Thesaurus: to try hard to please or impress… …   Useful english dictionary

  • of all people — more than anyone else. You, of all people, should understand the importance of historical analysis. Usage notes: also used to emphasize that the person named is surprising: I guess the weirdest version of that song I ve ever heard is by Frank… …   New idioms dictionary

  • of all people — of all things/people/places/mainly spoken phrase used for expressing surprise that a particular thing person place is the one involved in something And now she’s chosen to live in Alaska, of all places! Thesaurus: ways of saying that you are… …   Useful english dictionary

  • (be) all things to all people — …   Useful english dictionary

  • all — all1 W1S1 [o:l US o:l] determiner, predeterminer, pron 1.) the whole of an amount, thing, or type of thing ▪ Have you done all your homework? all your life/all day/all year etc (=during the whole of your life, a day, a year etc) ▪ He had worked… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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