off-the-rack
adjective Date: 1965 ready-made 1 <
off-the-rack suits
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • off-the-rack — adjective, adverb AMERICAN off the rack clothes are not made to fit a particular person: an off the rack suit He bought all his clothes off the rack. ─ opposite TAILOR MADE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • off the rack — UK US adjective [before noun] US ► OFF THE PEG(Cf. ↑off the peg) off the rack adverb ► OFF THE PEG(Cf. ↑off the peg) …   Financial and business terms

  • off-the-rack — UK US adjective [before noun] US ► OFF THE PEG(Cf. ↑off the peg) off the rack adverb ► OFF THE PEG(Cf. ↑off the peg) …   Financial and business terms

  • off-the-rack — adj. Intended to be worn without alterations; ready to wear; of clothing. Contrasted with {made to order}, {custom made}. See {pret a porter} Syn: off the shelf, ready to wear, pret a porter. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • off-the-rack — off′ the rack′ adj. cvb clo ready made: off the rack clothes[/ex] • Etymology: 1960–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • off-the-rack — adjective (especially of clothing) made in standard sizes and available from merchandise in stock a ready made jacket ready to wear clothes • Syn: ↑off the shelf, ↑off the peg, ↑ready to wear • Similar to: ↑ready made …   Useful english dictionary

  • off the rack — (of clothes) ready made rather than made to order * * * off the rack US : in a store where clothes are sold in different sizes that are not made to fit a particular person He bought that suit off the rack. [=(Brit) off the peg] see also ↑off the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • off the rack — 1. at the usual price. Members can get discounts of up to 50 percent on the hotels off the rack rates. 2. from among the goods available in stores. We are requiring contestants to buy their outfits off the rack and banning custom made costumes …   New idioms dictionary

  • off-the-rack — /awf dheuh rak , of /, adj. 1. (of clothing) not made to specific or individual requirements; ready made: off the rack men s suits. 2. Slang. off the wall. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • off-the-rack —  Readily available, not custom made.  ► “Italy’s Brioni, maker of the most expensive, hand sewn, off the rack suits in the world, had sales in 1994 of $46 million up 20%.” (Forbes, July 31, 1995, p. 96) …   American business jargon

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