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Meaning of off-the-shelf

off-the-shelf

Pronunciation: (ôf'u-shelf', of'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. readily available from merchandise in stock.
  2. made according to a standardized format; not developed for specialized or individual needs; ready-made: off-the-shelf computer programs.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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