a foregone conclusion

a foregone conclusion

a result that is obvious to everyone even before it happens (not used with the ) It seems like this year's election results are a foregone conclusion. (often + that ) It's certainly not a foregone conclusion that we'll win.
See also: conclusion, foregone
References in classic literature ?
One would have thought he must have understood that society was closed for him and Anna; but now some vague ideas had sprung up in his brain that this was only the case in old-fashioned days, and that now with the rapidity of modern progress (he had unconsciously become by now a partisan of every sort of progress) the views of society had changed, and that the question whether they would be received in society was not a foregone conclusion.
No man could accuse him of cowardice or treachery, for Kulan Tith was in arms against Helium, and, further, upon the Thuria were not enough swords to delay even temporarily the outcome that already was a foregone conclusion in the minds of the watchers.
That she would hate a soulless creature he accepted as a foregone conclusion.
It was a foregone conclusion that he would be suspected; but, to make it a sure thing there must be tangible proof--such as the actual buying of the poison, and that, with a man of the peculiar appearance of Mr.
When he speaks to me I allow him to finish his sentence without expressing, as you do, a foregone conclusion that it is not worth attending to.
Due to the 6-4 conservative majority on the Board, it is a foregone conclusion that the science curriculum in the state of Kansas will be altered to diminish evolution and introduce intelligent design.
However Jeffrey insisted: "People are suggesting that it will be a foregone conclusion because it's Bangor but it's never a foregone conclusion in the Cup.
You know, it was a foregone conclusion that the ship was going to get to New York, too,'' Hanson said, smiling.