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in simple English

In clear, straightforward, and uncomplicated English terminology. Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction. In simple English, you've suffered a heart attack. I wish these software agreements would be written in simple English, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
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have a bad case of the simples

Rur. to be stupid. That boy has a bad case of the simples. He can't understand anything. She acts smart enough on the playground, but get her in the classroom and she has a bad case of the simples.
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pure and simple

 and plain and simple
absolutely; without further complication or elaboration. I told you what you must do, and you must do it, pure and simple. Will you kindly explain to me what it is, pure and simple, that I am expected to do? Just tell me plain and simple, do you intend to go or don't you?
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pure and simple

plainly, and without having to say anything else They closed the museum because, pure and simple, it cost too much to run. No one talked about issues or referred to facts - it was just gossip, pure and simple.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form purely and simply: It was purely and simply the most marvelous vacation.
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pure and simple

No more and no less, plainly so, as in This so-called educational video is really a game, pure and simple. This expression is very nearly redundant, since pure and simple here mean "plain" and "unadorned." Oscar Wilde played on it in The Importance of Being Earnest (1895): "The truth is rarely pure and never simple." [Second half of 1800s]
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pure and simple

mod. basically; essentially. Bart is a crook, pure and simple.
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The breadline sequence, while clearly suggesting ideas about class, does not rely on the comedic value of inequity, as it might in Chaplin, but on the hero's simpleness and bad timing.
Their combined IQs may not go into double figures, but in their simpleness there is honesty, honour and humour.
Nothing here can be invalid, whether or not simpleness and duty tender it.
Random testing has been widely adopted in automated testing tools due to its advantages such as simpleness, easy realization and low cost.
Avery's laconic disposition and lack of political engagement were often mistaken for simpleness.