cut-and-dried


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cut-and-dried

(kŭt′n-drīd′) also cut-and-dry (-drī′)
adj.
1. Prepared and arranged in advance; settled.
2. Ordinary; routine: cut-and-dried dialogue.

cut′-and-dried′

or cut′-and-dry′,



adj.
1. prepared or settled in advance; not needing much thought or discussion.
2. lacking in originality or spontaneity; routine.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cut-and-dried - according to ordinary expectations
ordinary - not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"

cut-and-dried

adjective
Translations

cut-and-dried

[ˌkʌtənˈdraɪd] cut-and-dry [ˌkʌtənˈdraɪ] ADJ [answer] → concreto; [situation, issue] → definido, claro
this situation is not as cut-and-dried as it may seemla situación no está tan definida or clara como podría parecer

cut-and-dried

adj (fig)festgelegt; cut-and-dried opinionsfestgelegte Meinungen pl; as far as he’s concerned the whole issue is now cut-and-driedfür ihn ist die ganze Angelegenheit erledigt; it’s not quite cut-and-driedso eindeutig ist das nicht

cut-and-dried

[ˌkʌtənˈdraɪd] adj (also cut-and-dry) (fig) → assodato/a
References in classic literature ?
Maynard, the editor, took occasion to remark, somewhat naively, that he had always understood that Socialists had a cut-and-dried program for the future of civilization; whereas here were two active members of the party, who, from what he could make out, were agreed about nothing at all.
But if I had not taken things for granted, if I had examined everything with care which I should have shown had we approached the case DE NOVO and had no cut-and-dried story to warp my mind, should I not then have found something more definite to go upon.
In spite, however, of his resemblance to the handsome Russian Emperor and the terrible Domitian, Isidore Baudoyer was nothing more than a political office-holder, of little ability as head of his department, a cut-and-dried routine man, who concealed the fact that he was a flabby cipher by so ponderous a personality that no scalpel could cut deep enough to let the operator see into him.