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off-the-shelf

[awf-thuh-shelf, of-]
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  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.
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Origin of off-the-shelf

First recorded in 1945–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • He knew where you could get plans for the robotics, and off-the-shelf motors and sensors.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow

  • He looked nothing at all like the young men we see in the take-'em-off-the-shelf clothing ads.

    Fore!

    Charles Emmett Van Loan

  • The robots were easy enough—just off-the-shelf stuff, really—but the costumes and kinematics routines were something else.