cut-and-dried

play
adjective \ ˌkət-ᵊn-ˈdrīd \
variants: or less commonly cut-and-dry play \ˌkət-ᵊn-ˈdrī\

Definition of cut-and-dried

:being or done according to a plan, set procedure, or formula :routine
  • a cut-and-dried presentation

CUT-AND-DRIED Defined for English Language Learners

cut-and-dried

play
adjective

Definition of cut-and-dried for English Language Learners

  • : having a clear and definite quality that does not allow doubt or that cannot be changed



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