off the rack


[awf-thuh-rak, of-]
(of clothing) not made to specific or individual requirements; ready-made: off-the-rack men's suits.
Slang. off-the-wall.

1965–70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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off the rack

Ready-made, as in She has all her clothes made; she never buys a dress off the rack. The rack here is a frame from which clothes are hung. [Mid-1900s] A British synonym is off the peg, similarly alluding to a knob from which clothes are hung and dating from the late 1800s. Also see off the shelf.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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