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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.
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Origin of cut-and-dried

First recorded in 1700–10
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Related Words for cut and dried

fixed, prearranged, conventional, constant, normal, familiar, natural, current, regular, routine, expected, customary, everyday, frequent, prevailing, humdrum, mediocre, undistinguished, unexceptional, premeditated

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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