off the shelf

off the shelf
off-the-shelf ˌoff-the-ˈshelf adjective COMMERCE
an off-the-shelf product is made to a standard design and can be bought in the shops:

• off-the-shelf database software

• Standard off-the-shelf systems are displacing the custom products that were the company's mainstay.

— compare tailor-made
— off the shelf adverb :

• Anybody can buy software programs like thisoff the shelf and create new typefaces.

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off the shelf
COMMERCE, MARKETING if a product can be bought off the shelf, it does not need to be specially made or requested: »

It's often cheaper if you buy wallpaper off the shelf, rather than having to order it.

»

The electronic components needed to make the sensors were easily available off the shelf.

Main Entry: shelf
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off-the-shelf UK US adjective [before noun]
used to describe a product that is available immediately and does not need to be specially made to suit a particular purpose: »

You can purchase off-the-shelf software or have it customized to suit your needs.

off the shelf adverb
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If you have complex needs, we don't recommend that you buy software off the shelf.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • off the shelf — If a product is off the shelf, it can be used straightaway without any setting up …   The small dictionary of idiomes

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  • off-the-shelf — [ôf′thə shelf′] adj. designating commercial products that are ready for use without modification …   English World dictionary

  • off-the-shelf — off′ the shelf′ adj. 1) cvb readily available from merchandise in stock 2) cvb made according to a standardized format; ready made • Etymology: 1945–50 …   From formal English to slang

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