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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

an ˌopen-and-shut ˈcase

(of a legal case, crime, etc.) so clear or simple that it can be dealt with or solved very easily and quickly: It’s an open-and-shut case. His fingerprints were on the gun and he can’t prove where he was that night.
See also: case
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