cut and dried

Cut and dried, as in It is cut and dried, is referring to a subject, situation or idea that is very clear and easy to understand. Something that is cut and dried involves a simple, clear and cohesive process or preparing it. Cut and dried as a cliche is typically used in the negative such as It isnt so cut and dried which is explaining that the idea, situation or subject is not so clear, simple and easy to understand; that it is more complex.