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à la carte

Available to be purchased individually instead of bundled with other items. Most often describes items on a menu that are not part of a main dish. I wasn't very hungry, so I opted to buy a few side items à la carte instead of a full meal.
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Team Goals: The Library a la Carte team was small, consisting of two reference librarians and a programmer, but it had fairly broad decision-making ability, which helped streamline the development cycle.
Andersen argued that a la carte channel subscriptions would be more costly in the long run because of the technology and bureaucracy required.
The FCC's Martin will soon release an a la carte study that should give comfort to the two groups most disgruntled by the way cable operates: dollar-conscious activists who claim that the price of monthly cable bills is soaring much faster than the rate of inflation, and parents who are convinced that networks like FX, MTV and Comedy Central are warping the minds of their children.
Le ministere de la Communication a invite, hier, les editeurs a lui transmettre leurs appreciations sur l'avant-projet de texte relatif a la carte nationale du journaliste professionnel, au [beaucoup moins que]plus tard, le 31 aout[beaucoup plus grand que] courant.