cut and dried
1710, from herbs being cut and dried for sale, rather than fresh. Adjective

cut and dried (not comparable)

  1. Simple, straightforward, clear, or certain.
    Synonyms: clear cut, open-and-shut, res ipsa loquitur
    Take care when guessing, since problems do not always have cut-and-dried answers.
  2. Decided, not open to change.
    Synonyms: set, settled
  3. (obsolete) Lacking freshness or spontaneity.

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