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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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  • It's not an open-and-shut case of creative borrowing, but the resemblance is striking.
  • Even then it would be far from an open-and-shut case.
  • While he sat there looking calm and flattered, he was an open-and-shut case.
  • It takes a good detective to put them all together and come up with an open-and-shut case.
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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