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Definition of "open-and-shut" []

  • So obvious as to present no difficulties; easily settled or determined: an open-and-shut case. (adjective)
  • New England & Southeastern New York Alternating between sunshine and clouds; having variable skies. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "open-and-shut" in a sentence
  • "It’s just that the murder case against this Dorinda Dillon is so open-and-shut, which is fine with me."
  • "New England's Wes Welker seems to have an open-and-shut case for being the best slot receiver in league history, catching 554 passes in the five seasons since he joined the Patriots."
  • "If stock charts were the equivalent of eyewitness testimony, St. Joe Co. would have an open-and-shut case against the companies responsible for the Deepwater Horizon disaster."