verb (used with object), tai·lor-made, tai·lor-mak·ing.
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Origin of tailor-make
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What does tailor-make mean?
Tailor-make means to make to fit the needs or specifications of a particular situation, object, or person.
It means to make something in the way that a tailor would make a piece of clothing for someone by fitting it to their exact measurements and needs.
Tailor-make can be used in the context of clothing, but it’s more often used in a figurative sense, meaning the same thing as custom-make: to make something to unique specifications so that it fits perfectly and it’s one of a kind.
Things made in such a way can be described with the adjective tailor-made, which can mean literally made by a tailor, or, more generally, made to unique specifications—or seeming to have been made that way.
Example: We tailor-make a curriculum for each student to meet their individual needs.
Where does tailor-make come from?
The first records of the term tailor-make come from around 1900. Tailor-made is recorded earlier, in the 1800s. The ending -make is used in the same way in custom-make (which has the similar adjective form custom-made).
Tailors are associated with their skill in making garments that fit perfectly. By itself, the verb tailor can mean to adjust things to fit a specific situation. When you tailor-make something, you do it so that it fits perfectly with an object or a situation. Although it means much the same thing as custom-make, tailor-make is perhaps less commonly used in the context of products being sold.
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What are some other forms related to tailor-make?
- tailor-made (past tense verb, adjective)
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How is tailor-make used in real life?
Tailor-make is used as another way of saying custom-make.
— Jigowatt (@jigowatt) July 30, 2020
All I want from life is for Daniel Day-Lewis to tailor-make me a gown.
— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) February 13, 2018
If you're in Los Angeles and wanna know which @iffla films to see, just ask. I'll tailor-make you a viewing schedule, cuz we're friends.
— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Doc) April 1, 2014
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Is tailor-make used correctly in the following sentence?
They didn’t have the replacement part I needed, so I had to tailor-make one.
Example sentences from the Web for tailor-make
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And to tell the truth, she couldn't help wishing he could see, so he could make the game livelier.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
She did not need a great cook-book; She knew how much and what it took To make things good and sweet and light.
Now this setting up of an orderly law-abiding self seems to me to imply that there are impulses which make for order.
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