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  • adj. ready-made in a range of standard sizes (not tailor-made)
  • adj. ready-made (of non-clothing items)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (especially of clothing) made in standard sizes and available from merchandise in stock


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  • "We've seen a determined swing back to tailored clothes and a more grown-up style of dressing," observed Patrick Grant, owner of the Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons and the off-the-peg line E.

    Menswear's Young Bloods Kick It Old School

  • Fergus O'Hare provides a clamorous soundtrack of birds and booms; John Napier's design features projections by Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington which sometimes glow alluringly – the domestic interiors are particularly inviting – but are often off-the-peg sepia: at one dramatically low moment, soldiers march on the spot in front of a photograph of the trenches, while an account of what is going on is delivered by our hero.

    Birdsong; On Ageing; The Big Fellah; Yes, Prime Minister

  • Typically cut with a slightly forward collar, this is just one of hundreds of weaves and fabrics the firm offers in off-the-peg and made-to-measure shirting.

    Handsome Haberdashery

  • In London I buy my shirts off-the-peg at Hilditch & Key .

    Graydon Carter

  • 'In London I buy my shirts off-the-peg at Hilditch & Key.'

    Graydon Carter

  • But for straightforward off-the-peg services, such as selling a house, it ought to be possible for the high-street big boys to provide a faster, cheaper service.

    Even Mervyn King is losing faith in Osborne

  • Badly tailored suits, like many off-the-peg numbers, will have closed buttons at the wrist.

    No Excuses for a Cheap Suit

  • The shops have been selling costumes for weeks, and the streets are teeming with off-the-peg Darth Vaders, and Harry Potters.

    A pleasing terror « Write Anything

  • The best interpretation of the laws of physics as we understand them is that we live in an off-the-peg universe.

    Welcome to the Multiverse

  • While high-street investors usually pay charges of about 5% for off-the-peg products, high-net-worth individuals can have products put together on a bespoke basis that will give them exposure to whatever derivatives they want, with whatever levels of risk they want to take, subject, of course to what the market is pricing in at any time.

    The Structured Promise


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