off-the-shelf

off-the-shelf
adjective
(especially of clothing) made in standard sizes and available from merchandise in stock
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a ready-made jacket

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ready-to-wear clothes

Similar to: ↑ready-made

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\\ˌ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ ¦ ̷ ̷ \ adjective
: available as a stock item : not specially designed or custom-made

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/awf"dheuh shelf", of"-/, adj.
1. readily available from merchandise in stock.
2. made according to a standardized format; not developed for specialized or individual needs; ready-made: off-the-shelf computer programs.
[1945-50]

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off-the-shelf see under ↑shelf
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Main Entry:off

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off-the-shelf UK US adjective, adverb
sold for general use, not made for a particular person or purpose

off-the-shelf computer software

You can buy all these items off-the-shelf.

Thesaurus: words used to describe shops and their productshyponym

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off-the-shelf «AWFTH uh SHEHLF, OF-», adjective, adverb.
–adj.
suitable for use without major or extensive modification.
–adv.
without major modification: »

Deliveries in practically all small items of construction equipment can be made off-the-shelf (Wall Street Journal).

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adj
: available for sale from a store's supply of goods : not specially designed or custom-made

They used mostly off-the-shelf stereo components for the media room.

off-the-shelf software

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ˌoff-the-ˈshelf 8 [off-the-shelf] adjective only before noun
(of a product) that can be bought immediately and does not have to be specially designed or ordered

off-the-shelf software packages

see also off the shelf at shelf

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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