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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The first known use of open-and-shut was in 1841

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“Open-and-shut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open-and-shut. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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open-and-shut

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of open-and-shut

: able to be settled or decided very quickly and easily

open-and-shut

adjective
\ ˌō-pən-ən-ˈshət \

Kids Definition of open-and-shut

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

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