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Merriam Webster's definition of tailor-made comes very counterintuitive:

factory made rather than hand-rolled

Shouldn't it be the other way around? All other dictionaries I have consulted, even other definitions on MW, contradict this definition. The ODO for example defines the word as Made, adapted, or suited for a particular purpose or person. Then how could it be factory made?

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The usage of the definition there (the third listed on the site) is specific to cigarettes, as shown in the example that they give. This is why "hand-rolled" is also used in the definition. Hand-rolling is not a general term that can apply to all product creation techniques.

  • So you are saying in a cigarette-specific context, the meaning is the opposite of other usages of the word? – Eddie Kal May 18 '18 at 2:02
  • Yes, that's the case. It's a narrow definition. – LeeV May 18 '18 at 2:05
  • That makes sense. Some sources to back it up would be very helpful. – Eddie Kal May 18 '18 at 2:13
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    I don't know if I have a better source than a dictionary... but here's of an example of tailor-made being used as the opposite of hand-rolled nhs.uk/news/heart-and-lungs/… If you google, you'll see "straights" and "tailor-mades" used for the opposite of the hand-rolled cigarettes. These are colloquial so they may not be used by many official sources. – LeeV May 18 '18 at 2:17
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    Here's a second source for the cigarette sense : idioms.thefreedictionary.com/tailor-made - slang A cigarette that is machine-made, rather than hand-rolled. Don't you have any tailor-made smokes? – ColleenV May 18 '18 at 2:23

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