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paint-by-numbers

adjective
1.
formulaic; showing no original thought or creativity
Word Origin
C20: from children's painting books in which the colours to be used are identified by numbers on the design to be painted
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  • Many Republican wags, such as David Frum and Erick Erickson, are already onto the Boehner paint-by-numbers game of the “Pledge.”

Slang definitions & phrases for paint-by-numbers

paint-by-numbers

modifier

Simple; obvious: Clark's second Regan Reilly mystery has a paint-by-numbers plot with characters who collide in wildly improbable ways

[1970+; fr the kits with which one paints a picture by coloring numbered patches]

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