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Origin of off-the-shelf
Words nearby off-the-shelf
Example sentences from the Web for off-the-shelf
And the company says that most of the parts are off-the-shelf, not custom-built—which helps keep costs down.Start-Up Automaker Elio Builds Small, Cheap, Two-Seater Car|Daniel Gross|August 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Off-the-shelf versions like the one Kate purchased go for £295—roughly $500.How Different Is Raising the Royal Baby From a Typical American Child?|Kevin Fallon, Lizzie Crocker|July 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The robots were easy enough—just off-the-shelf stuff, really—but the costumes and kinematics routines were something else.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom|Cory Doctorow
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
British Dictionary definitions for off-the-shelf
adjective (off-the-shelf when prenominal)
Idioms and Phrases with 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.