Definition of open–and–shut case
: a case open to no doubts as to the legal principles to be applied and the necessary result
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of open–and–shut case
so called from the fact that it may be closed as soon as opened
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up open–and–shut case? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).