open-and-shut

adjective

Definition of open-and-shut

1 : perfectly simple : obvious
2 : easily settled
  • an open-and-shut case of grand larceny

First Known Use of open-and-shut

1841

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OPEN-AND-SHUT Defined for English Language Learners

open-and-shut

Definition of open-and-shut for English Language Learners

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


OPEN-AND-SHUT Defined for Kids

open-and-shut

adjective \ ˌō-pən-ən-ˈshət \

Definition of open-and-shut for Students

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


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