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done deal

Something that has been decided or finalized. Once we sign those papers, the sale of the house will be a done deal. I had no idea I'd have to make more payments to receive the merchandise—I thought it was a done deal!
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done deal

An irrevocable agreement, as in Once you've signed the lease, it's a done deal. This slangy expression, first recorded in 1979, may have come from done thing, originating in the late 1600s.
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a done deal

If something such as a plan or project is a done deal, it has been completed or arranged and it cannot be changed. He called a journalist to announce that his nomination was a done deal. The pact is far from being a done deal. It must be ratified by the legislative bodies of all three countries.
See also: deal, done

a done deal

a plan or project that has been finalized or accomplished.
1991 New Yorker The French are still overreacting to German unification, even though it is a done deal.
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a done ˈdeal

(especially American English) used to describe a decision, an arrangement, a project, etc. that is completed and cannot be changed: The managing director denied that the merger was a done deal, and said they were still in negotiations.
See also: deal, done

done deal

n. a completed deal; something that is settled. The sale of the property is a done deal. There is nothing that can be changed now.
See also: deal, done
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If, as the heat running suggests, Done Deal wins the battle for the first bend lead then he can stay on to thwart his stablemate.
RICKY Hatton's grand homecoming against Juan Lazcano at the City of Manchester Stadium on May 24 was mired in confusion last night when his handlers denied the fight is a done deal.
AUDLEY HARRISON has dismissed claims that his fight with British heavyweight champion Matt Skelton is a done deal.
If the United States wants a done deal by 2005, it will have to persuade the FTAA's largest partner to sign on the dotted line.
Mum is the word on the exact location, though, until it's a done deal.
There are up to 200 jobs (available) for the new call centre, which I understand is just about a done deal," Canfield says.
Alchemy boss Jon Moulton said last night: "It's very nearly a done deal.
BY PETER O'HEHIR RECKLESS GOLD gave Joseph O'Brien, inset, his first training success at the Curragh when bolting-up in the Done Deal Maiden on the first day of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival.
Let's be clear, this isn't a done deal yet and if Freddie Shepherd puts up a fight, it may never be a done deal.
Political infighting between state legislators and the governor earlier this month scuttled what had once seemed like a done deal to get the first of many infrastructure bonds on the June ballot.
But Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant said after a meeting with Mrs Hewitt that he feared it was "a done deal.
Three years ago, Done Deal acquired four acres at 10500 Stagecoach Road for $300,000 to develop a 10,000-SF office building and adjoining mini storage space.
Like Lisa, 26-year-old Sarah used online ad website Done Deal to flog her unwanted items.
If they receive 50% plus one then the protest is a done deal, it will overturn the LAFCO decision.
The Done Deal Challenge is designed to recognize and celebrate business being conducted between WPEO Corporate members and women-owned businesses.