off-the-shelf


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off the shelf

Ready made for purchase from available stock; not custom built or crafted. Often hyphenated. We use our own custom software, so we can offer much more precision than what you can find off the shelf. While many off-the-shelf hearing aids are inexpensive, they are much more prone to failure than those prescribed by a doctor.
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off-the-shelf

mod. readily available; purchasable without any special difficulties or delays. This is just plain old off-the-shelf hand lotion. Isn’t it great?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Off-the-shelf products that invest in passive funds are probably as cheap as they get, says O'Meara.
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The purpose of the Foreign Military Sales Integrated Logistics Support Acquisition Manual (ILSAM) is to provide a reference document for international customers that are planning to purchase an off-the-shelf weapon system under either an FMS case or direct commercial sales (DCS) contract.
Why you should care: Hamamatsu says that its sensors provide highly accurate intensity measurements of the infrared sun-load on a vehicle needed by automatic climate control systems at an off-the-shelf price that is lower than custom sensors.
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Off-the-shelf software and hardware will save money and cause fewer support headaches.
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