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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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cut-and-dried

Historical Examples

  • I wonder where you got all your cut-and-dried notions about Englishmen?

    One Day's Courtship

    Robert Barr

  • 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?

  • "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

    Dana Gatlin