cut and dried

DEFINITE, decided, settled, explicit, specific, precise, unambiguous, clear-cut, unequivocal, black and white, hard and fast.
cut

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cut and dry or cut and dried
1. Ready made
2. Fixed beforehand, decided in advance
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Main Entry:cut
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cut and dried or cut and dry see under ↑cut
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Main Entry:dry

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cut and dried UK US adjective
if something is cut and dried, it is already clearly decided or settled
Thesaurus: true, definite and based on factssynonym

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cut-and-dried «KUHT uhn DRYD», adjective, or cut and dried,
1. ready for use; arranged in advance: »

It is clear that in these circumstances the man who would turn this report into a cut-and-dried prescription for politicians had better tread carefully (Manchester Guardian).

2. Figurative. dull; uninteresting: »

His speech was cut and dried because he had nothing new to say.

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[often with negative] (of a situation) completely settled or decided

the championship is not as cut and dried as everyone thinks

Origin:
early 18th cent.: originally used to distinguish the herbs of herbalists' shops from growing herbs

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ˌcut and ˈdried [cut and dried] adjective not usually before noun
decided in a way that cannot be changed or argued about

The inquiry is by no means cut and dried.


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