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cut and dried

Prearranged, unchangeable, and dull. This phrase is usually hyphenated before a noun. The coursework is cut and dried, so don't even think about coming to me in pursuit of extra credit.
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cut and dried

fixed; determined beforehand; usual and uninteresting. (Can be hyphenated before nominals.) I find your writing quite boring. It's too cut and dried. The lecture was, as usual, cut and dried.
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cut and dried

Ready-made, predetermined and not changeable. For example, The procedure is not quite cut and dried-there's definitely room for improvisation. This expression originally alluded to herbs for sale in a shop, as opposed to fresh, growing herbs. [c. 1900]
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cut and dried

COMMON If a situation or issue is cut and dried, it is clear and definite. Now, this situation is not as cut and dried as it may seem. The link between stress and heart attacks is by no means cut and dried, although most people feel intuitively that it exists. There are no cut-and-dried answers to the problem. What appeared to be a cut-and-dried issue, may in fact be a little more complex. Note: One explanation for this expression is that it refers to wood which has been cut and dried and is ready to use. Alternatively, it may refer to herbs that have been harvested and dried, to be used for cooking and medicine.
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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.