[ awf-thuh-shelf, of- ]
/ ˈɔf ðəˈʃɛlf, ˈɒf- /
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readily available from merchandise in stock.
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
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British Dictionary definitions for off-the-shelf

off the shelf


from stock and readily availableyou can have this model off the shelf

adjective (off-the-shelf when prenominal)

of or relating to a product that is readily availablean off-the-shelf model
of or denoting a company that has been registered with the Registrar of Companies for the sole purpose of being sold
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Idioms and Phrases with off-the-shelf

off the shelf

Ready-made, available from merchandise or in stock, as opposed to a special order. For example, Sometimes you can get a better discount by buying an appliance off the shelf. [First half of 1900s] Also see off the rack; on the shelf.

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