cut-and-dried


cut-and-dried
adjective
according to ordinary expectations
Syn: ↑cut-and-dry
Similar to: ↑ordinary

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adjective also cut-and-dry \\| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\
: in accordance with a plan, set procedure, or formula : without spontaneity, freshness, interest, or novel development : routine

their plans were cut-and-dried, down to the smallest detail — E.A.Peers

a cut-and-dried committee meeting

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/kut"n druyd"/, adj.
1. prepared or settled in advance; not needing much thought or discussion: a cut-and-dried decision.
2. lacking in originality or spontaneity; routine; boring: a lecture that was cut-and-dried.
[1700-10]

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cut-and-dried «KUHT uhn DRYD», adjective, or cut and dried,
1. ready for use; arranged in advance: »

It is clear that in these circumstances the man who would turn this report into a cut-and-dried prescription for politicians had better tread carefully (Manchester Guardian).

2. Figurative. dull; uninteresting: »

His speech was cut and dried because he had nothing new to say.

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/ˌkʌtn̩ˈdraıd/ (also US cut-and-dry) /ˌkʌtn̩ˈdraı/ adj [more \cut-and-dried; most \cut-and-dried]
: having a clear and definite quality that does not allow doubt or that cannot be changed

The situation wasn't as cut-and-dried as we had thought.

a cut-and-dried example

a cut-and-dried decision


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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