- 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
First recorded in 1700–10
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Examples from the Web for cut-and-dried
I wonder where you got all your cut-and-dried notions about Englishmen?One Day's Courtship
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