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come (in) over the transom

To be offered without prior agreement, consent, or arrangement; to be unsolicited or uninvited. Said especially of written works submitted for publication or consideration. My biggest task as an intern was sorting through and usually disposing of amateur works that came over the transom. Any journalist will tell you that a great story doesn't come in over the transom—you have to go and do the leg work to find one.
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over the transom

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Without prior agreement, consent, or arrangement; unsolicited or uninvited. Said especially of written works submitted for publication or consideration. My biggest task as an intern was sorting through and usually disposing of amateur works that came over the transom. I could tell the poor kid needed a job, but all I could do was stick his application in with all the other over-the-transom applications.
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over the transom

offered or sent without prior agreement; unsolicited. US informal
A transom is a crossbar set above a door or window, and the word can also be used, especially in American English, as a term for a small window set above this crossbar. In former times, before the advent of air conditioning, many offices would leave these windows open for the purposes of ventilation, thereby allowing an aspiring author to take their manuscript to an editor's office and slip it through the open window to land on the floor inside. So, a manuscript that arrived over the transom was one that was unexpected. The phrase is still often used in publishing contexts, although it is no longer confined to them.
1976 Piers Anthony But What of Earth? Editors claim to be deluged with appallingly bad material ‘over the transom’ from unagented writers.
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over the transom

Without being agreed to; unsolicited: They even publish a few manuscripts that come in over the transom.
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Using a level and the light chassis as a template, I marked the holes that needed to be drilled on the transom.
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8 fastener from the outside at each of the six butt joints between the sidewalls, transoms and bulkhead.
Mr Philip Hamlet, a stonemason who carried out the work, renewed the mullions and transoms on the window as well as jambs and parts of the headstone and windowsill.
These transoms are then fixed to radial mullions with connections back to the primary building structure.
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Tenders are invited for Manufacture And Supply Of Subparts Of Bailey Bridge Transoms In Black Condition Strictly As Per Grse Drawing
Contract awarded for The PTA is in the process of replacing the timber bridge transoms for Guildford Bridge, Fremantle Bridge, Bickley Brook and Wungong Brook rail bridges as it is soon to reach its serviceable life.
The decking and transoms supporting the railway track require regular cyclical maintenance over short intervals because of the design life of the material used.