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cut-and-dried

or cut-and-dry

[kuht-n-drahyd]
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adjective
  1. prepared or settled in advance; not needing much thought or discussion: a cut-and-dried decision.
  2. lacking in originality or spontaneity; routine; boring: a lecture that was cut-and-dried.

Origin of cut-and-dried

First recorded in 1700–10
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Idioms and Phrases with cut and dried

cut and dried

Ready-made, predetermined and not changeable. For example, The procedure is not quite cut and dried—there's definitely room for improvisation. This expression originally alluded to herbs for sale in a shop, as opposed to fresh, growing herbs. [c. 1900]

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