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foregone conclusion

An inevitable result. After how poorly the team has played so far this season, it's a foregone conclusion that they won't make it to the championship.
See also: conclusion, foregone

bring something to a successful conclusion

to complete something successfully. They brought the battle to a successful conclusion. The case was brought to a successful conclusion by the prosecutor.
See also: bring, conclusion

come to a conclusion

1. to reach a decision. We talked for a long time but never came to any conclusion. Can we come to a conclusion today, or do we have to meet again?
2. [for a process] to reach the end and be finished. At last, the yearlong ordeal of buying a house came to a conclusion. I was afraid that the opera would never come to a conclusion.
See also: come, conclusion

foregone conclusion

Cliché a conclusion already reached; an inevitable result. That the company was moving to California was a foregone conclusion. That the mayor will win reelection is a foregone conclusion.
See also: conclusion, foregone

jump to conclusions

 and leap to conclusions
Fig. to judge or decide something without having all the facts; to reach unwarranted conclusions. (See also rush to conclusions.) Now don't jump to conclusions. Wait until you hear what I have to say. Please find out all the facts so you won't leap to conclusions.
See also: conclusion, jump

reach a conclusion

to complete discussion and decide an issue. It took three days of talks to reach a conclusion. When we reach a conclusion, we will notify you of the results.
See also: conclusion, reach

rush to conclusions

to try to reach a conclusion too fast, probably with insufficient evidence; to jump to conclusions. I hope that you don't rush to any conclusions. I can explain this. I'm afraid you are rushing to conclusions when you speak of canceling the performance.
See also: conclusion, rush

in conclusion

(slightly formal)
finally He said in conclusion that cooperation between investigators had helped catch the suspects.
Usage notes: used by a speaker or writer to begin a final statement
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jump to conclusions

to judge a situation without enough information about it The investigation isn't finished, so let's not jump to conclusions about what caused the plane to crash.
See also: conclusion, jump

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

jump to conclusions

to guess the facts about a situation without having enough information I might be jumping to conclusions but I've seen them together twice in town.
See also: conclusion, jump

foregone conclusion, a

1. An outcome regarded as inevitable, as in The victory was a foregone conclusion.
2. A conclusion formed in advance of argument or consideration, as in The jury was warned to consider all of the evidence and not base their decision on a foregone conclusion . This idiom probably was invented by Shakespeare ( Othello, 3:3) but scholars are not agreed as to his precise meaning. [c. 1600]
See also: foregone

jump to a conclusion

Form an opinion or judgment hastily, as in Wait till you have the facts; don't jump to a conclusion. [c. 1700]
See also: conclusion, jump
References in classic literature ?
The conclusions which had thereupon suggested themselves to Sir Patrick's mind were six in number.
Wallace, who is now studying the natural history of the Malay archipelago, has arrived at almost exactly the same general conclusions that I have on the origin of species.
I can here give only the general conclusions at which I have arrived, with a few facts in illustration, but which, I hope, in most cases will suffice.
is a term in logic, and means that the conclusion does not follow
All these considerations led me to the irresistible conclusion that Jefferson Hope was to be found among the jarveys of the Metropolis.
Part 11 The conclusion of a framework agreement for the supply of electricity to the area of organizational units Wroclaw appeal.
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Conclusion ( Evidence against the pregnancy theory was "overwhelming", the report said.
CoGS deferred action until its spring meeting on what resolution ought to come after members vote on the conclusion of the St.
In 1998, the Ninth Circuit considered a similar transaction, but reached a conclusion that was different from both the Tax Court and the Second Circuit (Peracchi, 143 F3d 487 (9th Cir.
In conclusion, this paper presents the possibility that certain teaching methods might lead to a reduction in social work students' anxiety about quantitative methods.
Because of the requirement to finalize the documentation file within 60 days, a best practice is for auditors to continually update documentation during the audit and discard superseded memos and files as the audit progresses, rather than only at its conclusion, where mistakes can cause confusion and an unclear record.
The NAS/NRC committee met for approximately one year to gather information and receive briefings from experts on the subject, then members began to formulate conclusions and recommendations.
Here, the second sentence or clause spells out the first: namely, it is the conclusion mentioned in the first clause.