variants or less commonly cut-and-dry
: being or done according to a plan, set procedure, or formula : routine
a cut-and-dried presentation

Examples of cut-and-dried in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the reality of the app’s influence on discussions around the war isn’t cut-and-dried. David Ingram, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2023 Angela told Fox News Digital the issue isn't cut-and-dry. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 24 Oct. 2023 Whether Davis’ previous statements tied to his disclosure to feds are admissible in a Las Vegas courtroom might not be a cut-and-dry answer. Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, 4 Oct. 2023 Employees frequently give different answers to my questions, as though cut-and-dry information of, for instance, the pool’s weekday hours, are matters of interpretation. Zoë Bernard, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 While most back-to-work scenarios are more cut-and-dried — the studio film will take precedence over the passion-project indie — other situations are more nebulous. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Sep. 2023 Google’s allegations seek to reframe the DOJ’s suit from a cut-and-dry application of antitrust law by career DOJ staff into something more akin to a personal vendetta led by a single powerful individual and his ideological allies. Brian Fung, CNN, 31 Aug. 2023 What’s noteworthy about that cut-and-dried response is how utterly Ferrari believes it. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 31 Aug. 2023 The decisions are even more cut-and-dried when a dancer brings in her coach. Cathy Alter, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cut-and-dried was in 1710

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“Cut-and-dried.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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