a fait accompli

fait accompli

A decision that has already been made or something that has already been accomplished or completed. The decision by the CEO to close 50 of the company's stores came as a fait accompli to the rest of the management team, who were powerless to stop it. Failing this class is not a fait accompli—you have the ability to study and bring up your grade!
See also: accompli, fait

a ˌfait accomˈpli

(from French) something that has already happened or been done and that you cannot change: We got married secretly and then presented our parents with a fait accompli.
See also: accompli, fait
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Europe adjusts itself to a fait accompli, and so does an individual character--until the placid adjustment is disturbed by a convulsive retribution.
A neutral government or a fait accompli government are terms for chaos, danger, complications and the unknown," he said in an interview with Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV.
NNA - Hope, politicians won't side-step Speaker Berri's call by creating a fait accompli, Druze leader of the Democratic Party Talal Arslan, told newsmen when he emerged out of a meeting with Nabih Berri in Ein-Teeneh today.
His novel ``The Picture of Dorian Gray'' is a fait accompli in the very next scene.
Summary: As the 9-month-old Cabinet stalemate drags on with no solution in sight, Hezbollah and its allies have voiced fears that President Michel Sleiman is inclined to form "a confrontation government" -- a March 8 term for a fait accompli Cabinet.
But it also can be fun to get things ready and fly into action once your honey steps out the door, surprising him or her with a fait accompli on returning home.
However, Rd was reported to have warned of the consequences of forming a fait accompli government on the country's security.
Summary: The March 8 coalition Sunday kept up its verbal campaign against President Michel Sleiman, with Hezbollah warning that any attempt to form a fait accompli government would threaten the country's stability.
Hollingsworth, a retired military and airline pilot, also complained the reorganization was a fait accompli because the department made many of the changes long before the proposal came to the board for approval.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah's deputy head Sheikh Naim Qassem warned against forming a fait accompli government, saying such a government would play havoc with the country's fate.
Meanwhile, opponents in the Santa Clara Valley predicted it was nearly a fait accompli the VRSD board would certify the report and seek a permit from the county.
He also vowed not to give up efforts to form a new Cabinet despite major hurdles facing him, while ruling out the possibility of a fait accompli government as a last resort to break the five-month-long Cabinet stalemate.
Political sources said no progress had been made on this front, despite the president's readiness to abandon his initial support for a fait accompli or neutral government in favor of an inclusive one.
Summary: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned Wednesday that forming a fait accompli government would be a "big mistake" and ruled out the formation of a neutral Cabinet in Lebanon.
There is an attempt to form a Cabinet irrespective of the others' views, that is a fait accompli Cabinet," Aoun said in an interview with the FPM's OTV station, adding that there were no contacts between him and Sleiman on the Cabinet formation issue.