Definition of open-and-shut in English:



  • (of a case or argument) admitting no doubt or dispute; straightforward.

    ‘he thought it was an open-and-shut case until the prime suspect was murdered’
    • ‘And because there is no such thing as an open-and-shut case, you may get the wrong guy.’
    • ‘Perhaps one could come up with a crisp legal principle, or a crisp political norm for prosecutorial behavior, that would limit prosecutions to such open-and-shut cases.’
    • ‘Neither side in this argument has an open-and-shut case, and certainly agreeing with the president's case doesn't make you a fool.’
    • ‘Like ombudsmen everywhere, what I need is an open-and-shut case for my Sunday column, something that I can turn into a journalism lecture that doesn't sound too much like a jealous fit.’
    • ‘That would seem to make it an open-and-shut case.’
    • ‘To read the local press, it was an open-and-shut case.’
    • ‘The EU's Directive is anything but an open-and-shut case.’
    • ‘You would think that confronted with such an open-and-shut case of missed opportunities, Peacock would immediately comply with Parks's request.’
    • ‘These are straight open-and-shut cases which police should have little trouble prosecuting since both the complainant, in the name of the council, and witnesses in buyers of the plots, are available.’
    • ‘But this isn't an open-and-shut argument, and in any event it leaves open the possibility that some forms of severe child abuse can indeed be punished by the government.’