open-and-shut case


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an open-and-shut case

A legal case that is clear-cut or straightforward. With all the evidence against the defendant, I expect this to be an 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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New Delhi [India], Dec 24 ( ANI ): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prashad's conviction in the fodder scam, an open-and-shut case of "brazen corruption", didn't come as a surprise.
"Lalu Prasad's conviction surprises no one in this country because the fodder scam is an open-and-shut case of brazen corruption carried out in defrauding the public exchequer.
Regulations section 1.132-7 (a) (2) seemed to make this an open-and-shut case in the employers' favor.