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Of or relating to clothing, especially designer clothing, that is marketed in a finished condition in standard sizes.
Clothing marketed in a finished condition in standard sizes: saves money by buying ready-to-wear.
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adj (ready to wear when postpositive)
(Clothing & Fashion) (of clothes) not tailored for the wearer; of a standard size
(Clothing & Fashion) an article or suit of such clothes
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1. ready-made clothing.
2. being, pertaining to, or dealing in such clothing.
[1890–95, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ready-to-wear - ready-made clothing; "she couldn't find anything in ready-to-wear that she liked"
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, wearable, vesture, wear - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
Adj.1.ready-to-wear - (especially of clothing) made in standard sizes and available from merchandise in stock; "a ready-made jacket"; "ready-to-wear clothes"
ready-made - made for purchase and immediate use
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[ˌredɪtəˈwɛəʳ] ADJ [clothes] → confeccionado, listo para llevar
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[ˌrɛdɪtəˈwɛəʳ] adjprêt-à-porter inv
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(ˈredi) adjective
1. (negative unready) prepared; able to be used etc immediately or when needed; able to do (something) immediately or when necessary. I've packed our cases, so we're ready to leave; Is tea ready yet?; Your coat has been cleaned and is ready (to be collected).
2. (negative unready) willing. I'm always ready to help.
3. quick. You're too ready to find faults in other people; He always has a ready answer.
4. likely, about (to do something). My head feels as if it's ready to burst.
ˈreadiness noun
ˈreadily adverb
1. willingly. I'd readily help you.
2. without difficulty. I can readily answer all your questions.
ready cash
ready money.
ˌready-ˈmade adjective
(especially of clothes) made in standard sizes, and for sale to anyone who wishes to buy, rather than being made for one particular person. a ready-made suit.
ready money
coins and banknotes. I want to be paid in ready money, not by cheque.
ˌready-to-ˈwear adjective
(of clothes) ready-made.
in readiness
ready. I want everything in readiness for his arrival.
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References in classic literature ?
All this time, his mind was never off the rack, and his raging sense of having been made to fling himself across the chasm which divided those two, and bridge it over for their coming together, never cooled down.
Her new book, Careless People - Murder, Mayhem And The Invention Of The Great Gatsby, explores phrases including "French kiss" and "off the rack".
The 6.8 SPC is not a long-range hunting round, but for driven deer where the rapid second shot of an AR would be welcome or where shots beyond 250 yards weren't possible, I wouldn't hesitate to grab my 6.8 SPC Stag Arms off the rack.
"To make matters worse, by the third day, we were offered the opportunity to check into a Movenpick Hotel, at 50 per cent off the rack rate, for Dh250 a night," says S.R, an Irish expat.
For example, graphic t-shirts look as if they come from an old attic, with muted colors and faded designs, rather than fresh off the rack.
"Part of the problem is that the majority of people do not go to a bike shop to test ride a bike; they just buy off the rack, not paying much attention to the proper fit.
Jeanette said: "I feel fantastic now I am at a healthy weight and can go to the shops to buy clothes off the rack.
Now clients are very demanding and they want those well-designed, well-cut pieces in great materials, but they want them off the rack."
The lumber and piping went flying off the rack, landing on the street.
Bennett said the prices he charges for custom suits were no higher than those for suits available off the rack at department stores.
Nordstrom has opened "Off the Rack" in union Square in Manhattan.
Leaving nothing to chance in the effort to get his team's Cup defence back on track, Babcock pulled his lucky tie off the rack and improved to 5-1 while wearing the maroon neck tie from his alma mater McGill University.