Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - cut-and-dried


already decided and unlikely to be changed


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - cut-and-dried


simple and easy to understand


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - cut-and-dried

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I had really hoped to have a chance at the recent job opening.

Colleague 2:  That is not going to happen.  Management has decided to hire from outside the company.

Colleague 1:  Perhaps if I approach Human Resources directly, I could still have a chance.

Colleague 2:  Management's decision to hire outside the company is a cut-and-dried decision.  There is no chance for you. Sorry.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - cut-and-dried

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I heard that you quit smoking cigarettes.

Friend 2:  I did. I am using an e-cigarette which delivers nicotine without the harm of traditional smoking. It's called vaping.

Friend 1:  So e-cigarettes are safe?

Friend 2:  The Royal College of Physicians states that vaping is only five per cent as bad as smoking regular tobacco cigarettes, although they say there is no cut-and-dried answer when it comes to the safety of e-cigs.

Friend 1:  So you don't really know about the safety.

Friend 2:  No. Not for sure.

cut-and-dried - Usage:


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cut-and-dried - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for cut-and-dried.

cut-and-dried - Examples:

1)  A simplistic, cut-and-dried approach may not work, past experience suggests.

2)  For the most part, however, the show proceeds by presenting a series of cut-and-dried case studies, informing us that A led to B. 

3)  This race looks as cut-and-dried as any on the card, especially given the three favourites all have winning form ...

4)  Relationships are rarely ever cut-and-dried anyway, never mind the abusive ones.

5)  Naturally, there are those cut-and-dried cases where the punishment befits the crime.

6)  ... with no cut-and-dried solutions and plenty of issues that warrant further investigation and discussion.

7)  Houston denies that this is a cut-and-dried First Amendment question, however. 

8)  In other words, a supposedly cut-and-dried case of the big guy versus the little guy might not be quite so simple.

9)  Your fictional church may have equipped you with a mental encyclopedia of cut-and-dried answers to questions that are not cut-and-dried in your real church.

10)  ... and affirmed by 12 justices without anyone dissenting. It appeared to be a cut-and-dried case.

11)  As our protagonists challenge what it means to judge somebody and resist an easy cut-and-dried answer, so too does the series itself resist any simple conclusions to even its ...

12)  That was a less cut-and-dried case, and federal authorities declined to charge the policeman involved.

13)  It is a cut-and-dried case. It should not take more than five days.

14)  ... but as with all things in law, things aren't always as cut-and-dried as they seem at first blush.

15)  Also, without a cut-and-dried answer key, I mulled over the works more.

16)  There's no cut-and-dried rule for how many months of severance an employee ought to get.

17)  Constitutional prohibitions are not as cut-and-dried as people like to think. 

18)  While it's hardly possible to have a cut-and-dried time frame of their movement, here's a great rough monthly guide.

19)  As with many culinary debates, there's not really a cut-and-dried answer.

20)  Nothing with my extroverted spouse was ever cut-and-dried: A casual "good morning" could lead to extended discourse, ...