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
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

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 — 1. Immediately available, in stock 2. (of a company) registered only in order to be sold • • • Main Entry: ↑shelf * * * off the shelf phrase available to buy without being ordered or designed for a particular customer The company could have a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 …   Financial and business terms

  • Off-the-shelf — may refer to: Off the shelf component Commercial off the shelf, a phrase in computing terminology Ready to wear Shelf corporation, a type of company Off the Shelf Festival, a festival of writing and reading which takes place each year in… …   Wikipedia

  • off-the-shelf — adjective, adverb sold for general use, not made for a particular person or purpose: off the shelf computer software You can buy all these items off the shelf …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • off-the-shelf — adj. Made in large quantities and intended to be used without modifications; similar to {off the rack}, but not restricted to clothing. Opposite of {custom made}, {made to order}, or {one of a kind}. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • off-the-shelf — adj, adv already made and available in shops rather than being designed especially for a customer ▪ off the shelf database software …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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

  • off the shelf — ► off the shelf taken from existing stock, not designed or made to order. Main Entry: ↑shelf …   English terms dictionary

  • 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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