cut-and-dried

[kuht-n-drahyd]
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:
1700–10

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Example sentences
The evidence submitted in real courts is often not as cut-and-dried as it seems
  on television.
Unfortunately, though, things don't tend to be quite so cut-and-dried.
Determining if a property is a wetland isn't always a cut-and-dried affair.
Although these three criteria appear cut-and-dried, they can be misapplied in
  practice, and errors may arise.
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