Definition of Open-and-shut

1. Adjective. So obvious as to be easily solved or decided. "An open-and-shut case"

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Definition of Open-and-shut

1. Adjective. (informal legal) simple and obvious; easily decided ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Open-and-shut

opaquest
opaquing
opcode
opcodes
ope
oped
opeidoscope
opelet
opelets
open
open(a)
open-air
open-air(a)
open-air market
open-air marketplace
open-and-shut (current term)
open-angle glaucoma
open-arse
open-book
open-chain
open-closed principle
open-collar
open-collared
open-door policy
open-end credit
open-end fund
open-end investment company
open-end wrench
open-ended

Literary usage of Open-and-shut

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1. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"An " open and shut " proposition is one which must be accepted or rejected in its entirety. 1848 [It] beat all the high pressures he ever heerd, ..."

2. History of Civilization in England by Henry Thomas Buckle (1864)
"... and they did not scruple to affirm that, by their censures, they could open and shut the kingdom of heaven.38 As if this were not enough, they also gave ..."

3. The Grammar of English Grammars: With an Introduction, Historical and by Goold Brown (1858)
"Open and shut are here inconsistently referred tr^t to ere principle of distinction, and then to another; — first, (as are "ope» and c&w" by Wells. ..."

4. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1886)
"Supp that, the bandage being removed, the man were instructed instantané ously to open and shut his eyes as quickly as possible, and then to describe what ..."

5. Our Wild Indians: Thirty-three Years Personal Experience Among the Red Men by Richard Irving Dodge (1882)
"... The Gaming Table—The Trader's Grip on the Red Man's Throat — Barefaced Swindling — An Open and Shut Game — Hobson's Choice — The Traders' Prey. ..."

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