- prepared or settled in advance; not needing much thought or discussion: a cut-and-dried decision.
- lacking in originality or spontaneity; routine; boring: a lecture that was cut-and-dried.
Origin of cut-and-dried
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]