off the peg

off the peg

Of clothes, mass-produced and ready to wear. Often hyphenated. Primarily heard in UK. 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-peg suit—you need to spend a bit more money if you want to impress them.
See also: off, peg

off-the-peg

BRITISH
Off-the-peg clothes are made in large numbers and sent to shops, not made specially for a particular person. He was wearing an off-the-peg suit. Note: You can say that people buy clothes off the peg. Instead of dining in top restaurants and wearing expensive suits, he likes to eat hamburgers and buys clothes off the peg. Note: The usual American expression is off-the-rack

off the peg

(of clothes) ready-made as opposed to specially made for a particular person. chiefly British
A North American variant of this phrase is off the rack .
See also: off, peg

ˌoff the ˈpeg

(British English) (American English ˌoff the ˈrack) (of a suit, etc.) ready to wear; not made specially to fit one person: He couldn’t afford a made-to-measure suit, so he bought one off the peg.
See also: off, peg
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The store is due to close by the end of February next year and until then, stock will be sold off the peg at discounted prices.
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Trade agreements between the EU and 52 other countries, which currently cover the UK, could not just be lifted off the peg.
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He knows what he wants, and it's not something that can be bought "off the peg" at your typical furniture store.
Put your hook through the last peg on the left-hand side, and slide the bands off the peg and on to the wide part of your hook.
Can you fit a lift to your stairs "off the peg" or will you need a bespoke and probably expensive curved set-up in the banisters?
There the clothes are and you just take them off the peg. There are some lovely jackets and cravats in The Day Of The Jackal, which I still wear" Edward Fox, admitting that he keeps the clothes he wears while acting.
As well as off the peg items, there is also a style-lab service, including custom fittings on some ranges.
There is a feeling we have rushed to re-embrace nuclear power and are now being bounced into buying something off the peg. It doesn't inspire a great deal of confidence.
The first thing I noticed was the airspeed indicator didn't come off the peg at the normal spot during the takeoff roll.
Combined with Liz's expertise at developing training programmes for systems such as Microsoft Office, the company is now able to offer off the peg software with made-to-measure training programmes.
The final coup is its technical detailing, which transforms what could have so easily been an ordinary off the peg metal facade into constructional haute couture.