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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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In fact, he says he buys all of his suits off the rack. But he does live by one fashion rule: With "a clean shirt and a tie, and a good shine [on your shoes], you can fake it anytime you want," he says.
| Get fitted for a bespoke cheongsam (or buy one off the rack) at Linva Tailor on Cochrane Street, one of Hong Kong's best tailors of beautiful silk cheongsams.
If creative isn't your strength, do your research online, find a character that appeals to you, then book an appointment with Bella Beauty College in Corpus Christi to have the stylists accessorize that off the rack costume into something truly special.
But even as citizens are grabbing the new dailies off the rack and clearing their throats to be heard louder, the country's problems are escalating as 13 boys died in a fire at a mosque in Yangon, the cause of the fire stoked by conflicting theories and licking at the raw wounds of the ongoing Buddhist-Muslim ethnic conflict.
Take a look at Euro mounts--they make for a clean wall presentation, age well and show off the rack like no other mount So what's not to like about traditional Euro mounts?
Custom tailored suits for men are more affordable than you think.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>They also have important advantages over off the rack clothes.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>
you might have to take this one off the rack. What if I turn up and there are seven girls in it?"
Pull the kayak off the rack, slip the cart under the hull, and load tackle, cooler, seat, camera, paddle and anchor pole.
Keep your back straight and lift the bar-bell off the rack. Lower the bar to the middle of your chest, pause then push it up to the start position without locking your arms.
As the train slowed coming into Shrewsbury he reached up and got his valise down off the rack.
treated deck boards right off the rack at a local home center.
After reading your article ["From Off the Rack to Off the Wall," page 54] in the October 2000 issue of Dance Magazine, I was surprised that you made no mention of Alwin Nikolais, who was the innovator of costume design.
She had to buy a tennis dress off the rack from the Priory club shop.
In general, the retailer tries to bring in 20 to 40 new pieces a week to each store, to replace rugs sold off the rack and to keep the assortment fresh.
Father wasn't having one of those off the rack strait jackets.