It is very common in sports commentary, commentator saying it a tailor made situation for a team. What does that mean ? and what is the origin of it?

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    Tailor made is the opposing idiom to off the shelf. Does that help?
    – WS2
    Jun 4, 2015 at 11:19
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    It means the same as "bespoke". Look up "tailor" and figure it out.
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 4, 2015 at 11:20
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    (Or simply Google "tailor made".) (You should do some research before you post questions here.)
    – Hot Licks
    Jun 4, 2015 at 11:21
  • Often hyphenated tailor-made, or joined without space tailormade. A brand name for early cigarettes (cf "Trouble" from The Music Man), and an old phrase referring to clothing especially made for one person by a tailor instead of being bought ready-to-wear from a rack in a store. By metaphoric extension, it's applied to anything that fits its purpose perfectly, especially if it's very expensive and complicated. Jun 4, 2015 at 15:10

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A tailor is a maker of clothes. If something is tailor made, it has been cut specifically for a client to fit them perfectly.

Saying that something is tailor made means that it fits a situation or circumstance so well that it appears it could have been made for it.

  • Isn't this general reference? Jun 4, 2015 at 13:10
  • Possibly. Should I delete? Jun 4, 2015 at 14:07
  • It's best not to give answers to basic / easily researched questions, but this one will probably be closed quite soon. You get a feel for how to deal with this sort of question after a while. ELL is for more basic enquiries (though some sign of research by the questioner is expected there too). Jun 4, 2015 at 14:47
  • The compound expression is mostly spelt with a hyphen: a tailor-made suit meaning made by a tailor.
    – rogermue
    Jun 4, 2015 at 14:54

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