Contemporary Examples

Is it easier for scientists to impress arts students with their all-round knowledge than vice versa?
The Best of Brit Lit Peter Stothard March 25, 2010

Historical Examples

There are so many things to be considered if you take an all-round view.
The Girls of St. Cyprian’s Angela Brazil

The Chestertonian decadence was not even an all-round falling-off.
G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study Julius West

Some were a little frightened lest an all-round flogging should be proposed.
The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed

Let us also understand that real consecration is an ‘all-round’ thing.
Standards of Life and Service T. H. Howard

Oh, yes, but personally she wanted to see a girl as charming and as “all-round” as Carroll win.
A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories Marian T. MacIntosh

Putnam was an all-round zoologist, but his specialty was fishes.
Lippincott’s Magazine, November 1885 Various

He had been captain of Eton the year before, so he was an all-round chap, and must have been a magnificent pilot.
An Onlooker in France 1917-1919 William Orpen

He was the best example of an all-round invalid I ever stacked up against.
Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford

Its object is that it shall be capable of all-round defence.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 6 Various

efficient in all respects, esp in sport; versatile: an all-round player
comprehensive; many-sided; not narrow: an all-round education

1728, from all + round (adj.). All-rounder is from 1855 as a type of men’s collar; 1875 as a person who is good at everything.

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