- Prepared and arranged in advance; settled.
- Ordinary; routine: cut-and-dried dialogue.
In formal usage, the form cut and dried is more common than cut and dry, and the meaning is rather “settled” than “clear”, and mildly pejorative, following original usage and etymology. Sense of “clear, straightforward” may be influenced by clear cut, which may be preferred.
1710, from herbs being cut and dried for sale, rather than fresh.