Definition of paint-by-numbers adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    paint-by-numbers

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  1. 1(of pictures) having sections with different numbers showing which colors should be used to fill them in
  2. 2(disapproving) used to describe something that is produced without using the imagination He accused the government of relying on paint-by-numbers policies.
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