cut-and-dried


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cut-and-dried

 
1. if a decision or agreement is cut-and-dried, it is final and will not be changed Although a deal has been agreed, it is not yet cut-and-dried.
2. if a subject, situation, or idea is cut-and-dried, it is clear and easy to understand The human rights issue is by no means cut-and-dried.
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The alcohol, shrewdly blended with water, is handed to me, and soon I am caught up in the revelry, with maggots crawling in my brain and John Barleycorn whispering to me that life is big, and that we are all brave and fine--free spirits sprawling like careless gods upon the turf and telling the two-by- four, cut-and-dried, conventional world to go hang.
So he had grown rich at last, and thought to transmit to his only son all the cut-and-dried experience which he himself had purchased at the price of his lost illusions; a noble last illusion of age which fondly seeks to bequeath its virtues and its wary prudence to heedless youth, intent only on the enjoyment of the enchanted life that lies before it.
And he didn't tell me not to follow out my thoughts, and he didn't give me any cut-and-dried explanation.
He found out I'd gone abroad, and looked for a motive; he found out about von Heumann and his mission, and there was his motive cut-and-dried.