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cut-and-dried

[kuht-n-drahyd] /ˈkʌt nˈdraɪd/
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.
Also, cut-and-dry.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10
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Slang definitions & phrases for cut and dried

cut and dried

adjective phrase

Regular, predictable, and uninteresting; pro forma (1710+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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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