/ˈɑːlˈpɚpəs/ adj, always used before a noun
: suitable for many uses

an all-purpose tool/knife/cleanser

(US) all-purpose flour

— compare general-purpose

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • all-pur|pose — «L PUR puhs», adjective. that can be used for any purpose: »an all purpose thread. All purpose flour is as suitable for pastry and cakes as it is for bread …   Useful english dictionary

  • all-purpose — all′ pur′pose adj. able to be used for every purpose • Etymology: 1925–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • pur — ace·to·pur·pu·rine; an·thra·pur·pu·rin; ap·pur·te·nance; com·pur·ga·tion; com·pur·ga·tor; com·pur·ga·to·ri·al; com·pur·ga·to·ry; ex·pur·gate; ex·pur·ga·tion; ex·pur·ga·tor; ex·pur·ga·to·ri·al; ex·pur·ga·to·ry; jai·pur; jam·shed·pur; ka·pur;… …   English syllables

  • bona — adj, exclamation British excellent, fine, the real thing. An all pur pose term of approbation increasingly heard among working class Londoners in the 1980s, probably derived from bona fide or from the Spanish and Italian words for good (buena and …   Contemporary slang

  • brill — adj British wonderful, exciting. A teenagers short ening of brilliant, used as an all pur pose term of approval since the late 1970s. ► They are a wicked group and steam up the charts with brill singles in the US (Heavily ironic reader s letter,… …   Contemporary slang

  • brutal — adj excellent. A typical appropriation of a negative (compare bad, wicked, chronic) as a faddish adolescent form of all pur pose approval. Brutal has been recorded at different times in the UK, USA and Australia …   Contemporary slang

  • easy — adj British good, acceptable, pleasant. An all pur pose term of appreciation, used espe cially in provincial England since 2000, this adjectival usage is inspired by the earlier usage as an exclamation. an easy night out She s easy, man …   Contemporary slang

  • effort — n British a. something or someone considered worthless, disappointing b. an exclamation of derision or schaden freude Both senses of the word form part of play ground slang: the first probably originating in adult speech, where it was an all pur… …   Contemporary slang

  • job — I. n 1. a crime. This widespread term occurs in expressions such as pull a job and in specific forms such as bank job , safe job , etc. The word was first used in this sense in the 17th century, usually in the context of theft. 2. a person, thing …   Contemporary slang

  • nutty — adj 1. crazy, absurd, eccentric. A usage which slightly pre dates the almost syn onymous nuts. By the 1960s it was con sidered a well established colloquialism. 2. Jamaican natty (in the standard and patois senses), smart and spirited. Carib bean …   Contemporary slang

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