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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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