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cut-and-dried

or cut-and-dry

[kuht-n-drahyd] /ˈkʌt nˈdraɪd/
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
1700-1710
First recorded in 1700-10
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  • I wonder where you got all your cut-and-dried notions about Englishmen?

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • And, it won't be long; I've heard the details of a cut-and-dried plan.

  • But, Nan, seriously, do you not notice how formal and cut-and-dried most sermons are?

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • "The inquiry was all cut-and-dried business," remarked Queenie.

    In the Mayor's Parlour J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  • However miracles continue to happen in this cut-and-dried world.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • There is no sudden or cut-and-dried solution of the Negro problem, or of any other problem.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
  • Oh, it will have to be a cut-and-dried election as far as Mignon is concerned.

  • But it has always been a cut-and-dried affair as long as Hiram has been here.

  • Her voice was defiant, as if deprecating in advance any cut-and-dried disapproval.

    The Halo Bettina von Hutten
  • The Mathematics instructor was a youngish man with a sort of cut-and-dried manner that Ira found unsympathetic.

    Center Rush Rowland

    Ralph Henry Barbour

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