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cut and dried
Prearranged, unchangeable, and dull. When it appears before a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. The coursework is cut and dried, so don't even think about coming to me in pursuit of extra credit. There are no cut-and-dried solutions here. We need to come up with something.
1. Describing something that has lost all moisture. Do you think it's time to throw out these dried-up flowers?
2. slang Old and undesirable. Oh, I'm just a dried-up hag—who would want to marry me now?
To remove wetness from oneself, someone, or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "off." Here's a towel so you can dry yourself off when you get out of the pool. Can you answer the phone while I dry off my hands?
1. To lose moisture Hang your wet clothes outside on the clothesline so that they dry out.
2. To act to remove wetness from something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "out." Dry your wet clothes out by hanging them on the clothesline outside.
3. slang To stop feeling the effects of alcohol; to become sober again. Make sure he stays here and dries out before attempting to drive home.
4. slang To cause someone to stop feeling the effects of alcohol and become sober again. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "out." I'm trying to dry him out before he drives home, but it seems like the cup of coffee I gave him has had no impact.
5. slang To receive treatment for alcoholism. Is it true that Uncle Tom is drying out at a rehab facility for awhile?
1. To lose moisture. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "up." Hey, if you don't want that marker to dry up, put the cap back on it!
2. To remove wetness from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "up." Let me get you a towel so you can dry up that spill.
3. To heal a skin rash or irritation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be be used between "dry" and "up." Don't worry, the doctor prescribed something that should dry up this rash.
4. Of a skin rash or irritation, to become healed. If your poison ivy doesn't dry up in a few weeks, you should see a dermatologist.
5. To go away or leave. Oh, dry up and give me some peace and quiet!
6. To stop talking; to be quiet. Typically used as an imperative. Oh, dry up already! I'm sick of hearing you complain.
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.
1. Lit. to become dry. The clothes finally dried out in the wet weather.
2. Fig. to allow alcohol and the effects of drunkenness, especially if habitual, to dissipate from one's body. He required about three days to dry out completely. He dried out in three days.
dry someone or something off
to remove the moisture from someone or something. Please dry your feet off before coming in. Dry off your feet before you come in here!
dry someone out
Fig. to cause someone to become sober; to cause someone to stop drinking alcohol to excess. If the doctor at the clinic can't dry him out, no one can. The hospital will dry out Mary and start treatment.
dry something out
to make something become dry. Dry this out and put it on immediately. Dry out your jacket in the clothes dryer.
dry something up
1. . to cause moisture to dry away to nothing. Dry this spill up with the hair dryer. Will the hair dryer dry up this mess?
2. to cure a skin rash by the use of medicine that dries. Let's use some of this to try to dry that rash up. This medicine will dry up your rash in a few days.
1. Lit. [for something] to dry away to nothing. Finally, the water on the track dried up, and the race was able to continue. When will the fields dry up so we can plant?
2. Fig. [for someone] to be quiet or go away. Dry up, you jerk! I wish you would dry up!
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]
Undergo a cure for alcoholism, as in After years of constant drinking, he realized that he needed to dry out. [1960s]
1. Gradually become unproductive, as in After two collections of short stories, his ability to write fiction dried up. Also see well's run dry.
2. Stop talking; also, cause to stop talking. For example, Dry up! You've said enough. [Slang; mid-1800s]
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.
cut and dried(of a situation, issue, or ideas) completely settled or decided.
A distinction was originally made between the cut and dried herbs sold in herbalists' shops and growing herbs.
cut and ˈdried(of matters, arrangements or opinions) completely decided and unlikely to be changed: By the end of the evening their plans for carrying out the robbery were cut and dried, with nothing left to chance. ♢ The police thought they had a cut-and-dried case.
1. To become free of liquid or moisture: If you sit in the sun, your wet hair will dry out.
2. To remove the moisture from something: Dry out your clothes on the line. We'll dry the rags out on the lawn.
3. Slang To become sober: I need a few hours to dry out before I go out again.
4. Slang To make someone become sober: The crisp morning air has dried me out a bit.
5. Slang To undergo a cure for alcoholism: My uncle went to a clinic to dry out.
1. To become devoid of liquid or moisture: During the drought, the pond dried up.
2. To cause something to become devoid of liquid or moisture: She dried up the wet table with a towel. He spilled some water on his pants and dried it up with a hair dryer.
3. To become unavailable gradually: The money for the grant dried up because of funding problems.
4. To stop talking suddenly: The suspect realized he was talking to the police without his lawyer and quickly dried up.
cut and dried
Commonplace, routine, hackneyed; settled beforehand. The term dates from the early eighteenth century, and there is some disagreement as to its origin. Most authorities believe it referred to timber, which customarily is cut to standard sizes and dried before it is used. One writer, however, believes it refers to the wares of English herbalists, which were cut and then dried before being sold. Jonathan Swift used the phrase figuratively for boring speech (Betty the Grisette, 1730): “Set of phrases, cut and dry, evermore thy tongue supply.”