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[oh-puh n-uh n-shuht] /ˈoʊ pən ənˈʃʌt/
immediately obvious upon consideration; easily decided:
an open-and-shut case of murder.
Origin of open-and-shut
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for open-and-shut
Historical Examples
  • Marrying with me in this case is an open-and-shut business proposition.

    Dixie Hart Will N. Harben
  • But McNeill's could not afford to be shown up before thirty interested rivermen as running an open-and-shut brace-game.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • But it had been all over in a breath, just an open-and-shut piece of battiness, same as fellers have when they jump a bridge.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • And sometimes the open-and-shut of the steam hog had to go pfisty-pfoost, pfisty-pfoost.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • I'm not suspecting anything, mind, but this has got to be an open-and-shut deal, or I don't go in.

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • Boys, it's a clean, open-and-shut job—with absolutely nothing to interfere.

    The Sky Line of Spruce Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for open-and-shut


easily decided or solved; obvious: an open-and-shut case
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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