from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • adj. simple and obvious; easily decided

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. so obvious as to be easily solved or decided


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  • "New England & Southeastern New York Alternating between sunshine and clouds; having variable skies."

    - American Heritage Dictionary

    August 6, 2010