carved in stone


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carved in stone

 and engraved in stone; written in stone
Fig. permanent or not subject to change. (Often in the negative.) Now, this isn't carved in stone yet, but this looks like the way it's going to be. Is this policy carved in stone, or can it still be modified?
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Such stone carving greatly influenced the Mayans who also decorated their cities with portraits of rulers carved in stone.
While Congressman Sherman's apt remark may never be carved in stone, ``getting out of the way'' is a swell motto for local business leaders to adopt when offered government largess.