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Definition of spec noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[usually plural]
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  • a detailed description of something, especially the design and materials needed to produce something We want the machine manufactured to our own specs. see also specification, specs
  • Idioms
    on spec (informal)
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    when you do something on spec, you are trying to achieve something without organizing it in advance, but hoping you will be lucky A lot of young people apply for jobs on spec (= not in reply to an advertisement, but hoping that a job might be available).
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spec

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