open-and-shut case


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open-and-shut case

a simple and straightforward situation without complications. (Often said of criminal cases where the evidence is convincing.) The murder trial was an open-and-shut case. The defendant was caught with the murder weapon. Bob's death was an open-and-shut case of suicide. He left a suicide note.
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The jury deliberations were long - clearly showing that this was hardly the open-and-shut case that Billy Koch and his legions of high-priced lawyers and investigators have been bragging about for years.
Add to that the unknown factors, such as fickle juries, and it would seem prudent to guarantee the accused Unabomber is kept behind bars by accepting his guilty plea, even though the government appears to have an open-and-shut case.