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on spec

1. Of some kind of work, done with the hope of selling it to make a profit, but without a prior agreement or contract. "Spec" is short for "speculation." No, we didn't commission the developer to build our house—it was built on spec with the rest of them. Dave wrote that script on spec and ended up selling it to the studio.
2. According to exact specifications. If you need any computers built on spec, they're the team to do it.
3. Describing an attempt to attend an event without obtaining a ticket (or other means of entrance) beforehand. Primarily heard in UK. You can't go to that play on spec—it's too popular, and you'll never get in.
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on spec

 
1. using money risked in the hope of profit; on speculation. He lives by buying and selling houses on spec. I think it might be an idea to build a few yachts on spec just now.
2. as specified; right on specifications. This has been built exactly on spec—just as you asked. It's important to make sure the design is on spec or the customer will not pay.
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on spec

Done on a speculative basis; with no assurance of profit. For example, We didn't design our house; the builder built it on spec. The use of spec as an abbreviation for speculation dates from the late 1700s.
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on spec

in the hope of success but without any specific plan or instructions. informal
The informal abbreviation of speculation to spec was originally American, but it has been used in British English since the early 19th century, and the phrase on spec itself dates from the mid 19th century.
2000 Times As large sculpture is commissioned before being produced, Barbara's routine became the opposite of Ben's, whose work was produced on spec.
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do something on ˈspec

(British English, informal) go somewhere without a ticket, an appointment, etc. in the hope that you will be able to get something you want: That restaurant’s very popular. You’ll never get a table if you just turn up on spec.
Spec is short for speculation (= doing something without knowing all the facts).
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on spec

On a speculation basis; with no assurance of profit: houses built on spec; writes TV commercials on spec.
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The updated benchmark is available immediately from SPEC for $800 for new customers, $250 for upgrades from SPEC OMP2001, and $250 for qualified non-profit organizations and accredited educational institutions.
Howard notes that "when a customer complains, and we can show that the resin is in spec, it's no longer the end of the discussion.
SPEC has also updated the toolset for compatibility with recent CPUs, including x86, Itanium, POWER, and SPARC processors.
A major component of the newly formed SPEC Research Group will be working groups that develop standard scenarios and workloads - called research benchmarks - for emerging technologies and applications.
It doesn't replace membership in SPECapc or SPECgpc project groups - which gives companies a full slate of benefits, including a strong voice in establishing international performance benchmarks and unlimited SPEC submissions - but it does deliver great value from both technical and marketing standpoints.
SPEC) has released a new version of its SPEC MPI2007 benchmark that adds a large data suite designed for systems from 64 to 2048 cores.
Applications that make it through the entire search program will be incorporated into the next major version of the SPEC CPU suite.
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has released a new version of SPEC CPU2006 with improvements that impact nearly everyone who uses the benchmark or will potentially use it.
For more information on the SPEC/GWPG power-performance working group, contact the SPEC office at info@spec.
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