all things to all people

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Someone or something that entirely satisfies the expectations of everyone, no matter how diverse and conflicting those expectations may be.

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  • From Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 9:22: "To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."
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It was obviously his policy to appear all things to all people. He could not venture to take any decided course.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

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