off-the-shelf [ -] t̸hə s̸helf ′
The definition of off-the-shelf is something that is in stock and not customized.
The furniture that is available on a showroom floor is an example of off-the-shelf.
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designating commercial products that are ready for use without modification
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Available from merchandise in stock; not custom-made.
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Refers to products that are factory-packaged and available for sale to either a company or to the general public. In the tech industry, off-the-shelf programs would be the opposite of
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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
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