I don't actually know if one exists but it would make my life easier if anyone could think of one.

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    Is this for a crossword puzzle? – Barrie England Nov 14 '13 at 12:43

It might be a stretch, but perhaps you could say that the subject has already been covered?


  1. To deal with; treat of: The book covers the feminist movement.

Well, english.stackexchange.com uses Closed when a question has been previously researched/studied.

  • Cutely observed! – Erik Kowal Apr 26 '14 at 9:30

Besides covered, consider also the following words, which when used figuratively of a field, imply it has been studied or perhaps exhausted: cultivated, crosschecked, consummated, construed, conquered, clarified, circumscribed, chronicled, checked, characterized, catechized, and less suitably, capitulated. For a humorous touch, consider coauthored; eg, “That area has already been coauthored to death”.

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