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'Custom-made' and 'tailor-made'
Custom-made and tailor-made both mean "made specifically for someone." But there are some differences in usage.
Custom-made refers to almost anything that is made for someone, including clothes but just as often referring to other things:
I like his custom-made shoes.
custom-made kitchen cabinets
He rides a custom-made motorcycle.
Tailor-made most often refers to clothing when used to refer to things:
When referring to situations or ideas, tailor-made is used very broadly:
The role was tailor-made for the young actress.
That job is tailor-made [=perfect] for him.
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