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Back formation from tailor-made.


tailor-make (third-person singular simple present tailor-makes, present participle tailor-making, simple past and past participle tailor-made)

  1. To customize or create specifically to meet the requirements of an individual.
    • 2001, Richard Normann, Reframing Business: When the Map Changes the Landscape, →ISBN:
      Financial services software providers enable a customer to more or less constantly tailor-make his or her banking services.
    • 2004, Eric Beall & Susan Gedutis Lindsay, Making Music Make Money, →ISBN:
      Rather than casting around in the dark, you can now tailor-make something from scratch with someone who knows exactly what is needed — and even better, who now has a vested interest in using the material.
    • 2007, Andrew Lynch, How to Make a Good Mind Great, →ISBN, page 212:
      As we develop our skills at modelling, so we can adapt strategies to fit, tailor-make them for our personal preferences.
  2. To make (clothes) by a tailor.
    • 1997, Journal of Individual Employment Rights - Volume 6, page 105:
      The employee was unable to fit into the largest size, and the arbitrator held that it was not reasonable for the company to be required to tailor-make each costume or uniform.
    • 2003, Tara Keeling, Awesome Mysteries Beyond Heaven's Gate, →ISBN, page 86:
      In the tailor-making process, the tailor must take time to get all the exact measurements to ensure a proper fit.
    • 2012, Sinead Murphy, The Art Kettle, →ISBN, page 54:
      But what this has done is almost to define couture as anathema to dress, as if its contrast with the "prêt-à-porter" side of the fashion business is purchased with, not its "tailor-making" clothes that are fit to wear in a way those ready-to-wear never could be, but rather its making clothes that are not fit to wear at all!