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open–and–shut

adjective

Simple Definition of open–and–shut

  • : able to be settled or decided very quickly and easily

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of open–and–shut

  1. 1 :  perfectly simple :  obvious

  2. 2 :  easily settled <an open–and–shut case of grand larceny>

1841

First Known Use of open–and–shut

1841

Rhymes with open–and–shut


OPEN–AND–SHUT Defined for Kids

open–and–shut

adjective \ˌō-pən-ən-ˈshət\

Definition of open–and–shut for Students

  1. :  1plain 3, obvious <The police say it's an open-and-shut case.>




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