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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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Combined with 1/8-inch thick longitudinal runners, gunnels and heavy transom, it makes a heavy-duty hull that can withstand years of abuse.
Standard features include a trolling-motor bracket, front deck drain, rear heavy-duty driver's box and grab bar, and an angled transom for better performance when in reverse.
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As part of Andersen's high-performing 400 Series line, the new sidelights and transoms offer a broad array of options.
For his own home on south Siesta Key, Woodmansee created transoms with delicate purple irises in beveled glass that throws refracted light across the water-facing master bedroom.
The set of double doors with curved transom is filled with vivid oranges, blues, greens and purples--two statuesque blue herons amidst a tropical tangle of hibiscus, birds of paradise and palms, with the flash of a bright blue butterfly and five dragonflies--"hidden details that make it fun," Woodmansee says.
Leading projects firm, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has been appointed by RailCorp to assess railway deck and transom replacement strategies for the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
SKM s experience in bridge deck and transom assessment and replacement will also provide a concept solution that minimises the impact of network user disruption during implementation.
The grid of the stainless steel mullions and transoms in the glass wall echoes that of the grim grey basalt cladding slabs of the original building which have been carefully retained.
Until then, manufacturing techniques restricted pane size, as manifest by the intricate divisions of mullions and transoms in windows of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
On the west side, this hue is continued, interwoven with vermilion and a rather sharp green in an apparently random pattern on spandrels, mullions and transoms.
Glazed screens and doors are fabricated with angled transoms as if to destabilise these chunky sections and any illusion of permanent barrier.