Learn English – What’s an idiom or a phrase that can be used to explain something’s versatility?


What's an idiom or a phrase that can be used to explain something's versatility ?

Best Answer

'It's the Swiss Army Knife of' drones / jackets / biological catalysis / vehicles / suitcases / retirement cash flow / chalets / robots for rescue missions / smoke screens ....'

From Wikipedia:

The Swiss Army knife is a pocketknife or multi-tool manufactured by Victorinox AG (and up to 2005 also by Wenger SA). The term "Swiss Army knife" was coined by American soldiers after World War II due to the difficulty they had in pronouncing "Offiziersmesser", the German name....

A cultural icon of Switzerland, the design of the knife and its versatility have both led to worldwide recognition.

As for the metaphorical usage, which obviously refers to the versatility of an article, process etc, a Google search for "the Swiss army knife of" gives a great diversity of examples, including those given above (over half a million hits in total). A very versatile expression.