open and shut

open-and-shut

[oh-puhn-uhn-shuht]
adjective
immediately obvious upon consideration; easily decided: an open-and-shut case of murder.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism

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open-and-shut
 
adj
easily decided or solved; obvious: an open-and-shut case

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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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