or cut-and-dry

[ kuht-n-drahyd ]
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  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

First recorded in 1700–10

Words Nearby cut-and-dried Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cut-and-dried in a sentence

  • The woman felt a certain fainting of purpose at the cut-and-dried programme presented in that dry manner by the dry old man.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • Once more she was all for luxury and ease and calmness, for the pleasant, soothing, cut-and-dried thing.

  • It may be that our feelings will thus be more interesting than a cut-and-dried treatise of the land and its inhabitants.

  • The councils were no longer the orderly conferences of savants over cut-and-dried maps.

    Vikings of the Pacific | Agnes C. Laut
  • In such matters an ounce of personal experience is worth a pound of cut-and-dried theory.

Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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