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cut-and-dried

or cut-and-dry

[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.
Origin of cut-and-dried
1700-1710
1700-10
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  • This cut-and-dried chronicle includes one of the most enchanting experiences of my life.

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

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • 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
  • But, Nan, seriously, do you not notice how formal and cut-and-dried most sermons are?

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • There is no sudden or cut-and-dried solution of the Negro problem, or of any other problem.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
  • However miracles continue to happen in this cut-and-dried world.

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • But it has always been a cut-and-dried affair as long as Hiram has been here.

  • Oh, it will have to be a cut-and-dried election as far as Mignon is concerned.

  • The Mathematics instructor was a youngish man with a sort of cut-and-dried manner that Ira found unsympathetic.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Her voice was defiant, as if deprecating in advance any cut-and-dried disapproval.

    The Halo Bettina von Hutten

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