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off the shelf

Fig. ready made for purchase; not custom-made. (Hyphenated when prenominal.) I generally buy off-the-shelf clothing. I am a perfect size eight.
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off the shelf

Ready-made, available from merchandise or in stock, as opposed to a special order. For example, Sometimes you can get a better discount by buying an appliance off the shelf. [First half of 1900s] Also see off the rack; on the shelf.
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off the shelf

From ready-made merchandise in stock: supplies that were available off the shelf.
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Unless the company has some amazingly unique scenario (that would not have been picked up by the thousands of off the shelf solutions) many companies can buy a suitable off-the-shelf solution that is the result of hundreds of thousands of man-hours of development and fine tuning.
We see demand for an array of system products and services, which the Company provides, as the government accelerates its shift towards purchasing more commercial off the shelf products.
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ISD's software is an off the shelf product which is designed to cope with various sizes of the organization, starting from few and up to hundreds of work stations and more.
In order to quickly develop systems to be used in Formula One, we needed a strong, robust solution that would allow us to be up and running quickly and easily, while providing the technology needed such that we could leverage off the shelf components.