off the rack


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off the rack

Of clothes, mass-produced and ready to wear. Often hyphenated. Primarily heard in US. You can find really stylish clothes off the peg, if you look hard enough. Don't show up to the interview in some off-the-rack suit—you need to spend a bit more money if you want to impress them.
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off the rack

Ready-made, as in She has all her clothes made; she never buys a dress off the rack. The rack here is a frame from which clothes are hung. [Mid-1900s] A British synonym is off the peg, similarly alluding to a knob from which clothes are hung and dating from the late 1800s. Also see off the shelf.
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off-the-rack

Off-the-rack clothes are made in large numbers and sent to shops, not made specially for a particular person. We want to improve the fit of off-the-rack items. Note: You can say that people buy clothes off the rack. He was wearing a blue two-piece suit that had obviously been bought off the rack when he was several pounds lighter.

off the rack

Ready-made. Used of clothing.
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Unfortunately, I'm 6-foot 7 and I can't walk into his stores and buy off the rack,'' said the former Indiana Pacer at the opening of Perse's new boutique in the Malibu Country Mart last weekend.
Elektra,'' the spinoff of ``Daredevil,'' a film in which her character was killed (don't ask), puts Garner back in a tight blood-red suit that may have come off the rack at Frederick's of Hollywood.
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On a square platter, at the top, juicy lamb chops off the rack lean against a tasty tomato tart, while at the bottom left, sliced roast leg of lamb, pink and tender, perches atop a small heap of crunchy asparagus tips.
Jackie Chan models his latest threads - definitely not off the rack - in ``The Tuxedo.
These specialty stores will sell items right off the rack but usually ask people to bid on their Web sites.
Another, the luau lamb brings forth meaty, tasty, Kona coffee-glazed chops off the rack along with zingy, juicy, peppered lamb sirloin.
I don't know,'' says Bryant, as he plucks a ball off the rack to go back to work.
Frankly, I just don't like the cut of his jib - and, believe you me, he doesn't get his jib off the rack.