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off-the-shelf

[awf-th uh-shelf, of-] /ˈɔf ðəˈʃɛlf, ˈɒf-/
adjective
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.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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Examples from the web for off-the-shelf
  • It can often be less expensive than buying a comparable off-the-shelf item.
  • Custom-made servos cost many times the price of off-the-shelf ones.
  • With the scrambled data in hand, crackers can run through trillions of possibilities with off-the-shelf hardware.
  • Most of it is going to road resurfacing, safety upgrades and other off-the-shelf fix-it projects that require less preparation.
Slang definitions & phrases for off-the-shelf

off-the-shelf

modifier

Readily available from retail sources; not customized: a drastically scaled-down program that involves purchasing off-the-shelf computer software (1936+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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