Cut and Dried

Lisa C. Newcomer Information

In today’s “English Idioms for Newcomers“, let’s take a look at this expression: Cut and Dried.

What does “cut and dried” mean?
  • Clear and definite
  • Done and completed
  • Settled, decided, and unlikely to change
How to use it?
  • “Cut and dried” is used to describe a situation, solution, or plan.
  • You can use it as a predicate adjective, which modifies the subject of a sentence.
  • You can use it as an attributive modifier, but in this case, you will need to write it in this way – “cut-and-dried”.
  • We need cut-and-dried answers.
  • In real life, criminal investigations are usually not as cut and dried as most TV shows depict.

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