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build to order

To construct or assemble something in accordance with specific parameters (usually from a buyer). A noun or pronoun can be used between "build" and "to." The client must be rich if he wants us to build the boat to order!
See also: build, order, to

built to order

Built, constructed, or assembled to meet one's custom measurements or needs; very well suited to someone's personal needs or desires. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. It's a nice change of piece getting a suit that's built to order—it looks great, and it fits like a dream! After weeks of searching, I finally found a job that was built to order for me. They specialize in built-to-order cars for wealthy automotive enthusiasts.
See also: built, order, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

build something to order

to build an individual object according to a special set of specifications. I am having them build a new house to order—just for us. The car will be built to order.
See also: build, order, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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