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  • 1Made to a standard size or specification rather than to order: a range of ready-made curtains
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    • For this cost we could have just got a standard ready-made home where our neighbours would be just five metres away.
    • The preference had been for a ready-made building rather than a green-field site that could have set the operation back a number of years.
    • In the twentieth century, although traditional made-to-measure tailoring persisted everywhere at higher social levels, the ready-made suit became the standard public costume of the modern ordinary man.
  • 1.1Available immediately; not needing to be specially created or devised: we have no ready-made answers
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    • Unfortunately, software development has not progressed to the point where ready-made modules are available to order and combined to create your software.
    • The invisible components of civil society, whose extent is largely unknown, consist of those who prefer a personal rather than a ready-made set of values, people who never speak up, and people who admittedly do not want to be bothered.
    • Rather than going for ready-made ski packages, it appears many people now prefer the flexibility of organising flights, hire car and accommodation independently over the internet.
  • 1.2(Of food) sold ready or almost ready to be served: a ready-made Christmas cake
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    • What I wanted was a ready-made snack food that tasted like French fries… and obviously, the package before me proved that this was still and perhaps forever beyond the reach of Science.
    • It is to do with thinking about diet and planning money instead of buying ready-made food such as pies and chips.
    • For the weight of taking ready-made food, oxygen and water to survive a 1,000 day mission by a six person crew will be 30 tons, which rises to 120 tons when water for washing is added.


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  • 1A ready-made article: he smokes ready-mades now
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    • It is worthwhile pausing momentarily to consider these linguistic ready-mades, these formulaic sentiments.
    • For those who have put off their shopping till the very last minute, designer-wear ready-mades are ideal to help celebrate the joyous festival in fashion.
    • Those difficult to fit with ready-mades will have found what they want at this store.
  • 1.1(Especially in Dadaism) a mass-produced article selected by an artist and displayed as a work of art: I would recommend restraint in the production of ready-mades
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    • Apart from Marcel Duchamp's first ready-made, a bicycle wheel on a stool from 1919, how many art images of bicycles can you think of?
    • In fact we might say that at first sight the Institutional Theory is practically required by Duchamp's first unassisted ready-made.
    • Although her professional career began with her writing on ready-mades, collages and kinetic art, the idea of a novel was lodged from an early age.

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