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open-and-shut

[oh-puh n-uh n-shuht] /ˈoʊ pən ənˈʃʌt/
adjective
1.
immediately obvious upon consideration; easily decided:
an open-and-shut case of murder.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for open and shut

open-and-shut

adjective
1.
easily decided or solved; obvious an open-and-shut case
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Idioms and Phrases with open and shut
Simple, straightforward, easily solved, as in With three eyewitnesses, the prosecutor said this case was open and shut. This term suggests that one has immediate access to the facts of a situation. [ c. 1840 ]
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