done deal


Also found in: Dictionary, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to done deal: Buy and Sell

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!
See also: deal, done

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.
See also: deal, done

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.
See also: deal, done

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
References in periodicals archive ?
This follows comments by banker Patrick Honohan who said there was no done deal and added it wouldn't include any write-down on the amount due.
Mr Fabricant said:"I fear this is a done deal and that it is Government policy to force a West Midlands ambulance service through after the consultation has been completed.
I am not going to any press conference and nor is a fight between myself and Matt Skelton a done deal.
So it's best not to say too much until it's a done deal.
Alchemy boss Jon Moulton said last night: "It's very nearly a done deal.
Ms Spelman told the BBC: "Unlike some past consultations, like Post Office closures, where you knew it was a done deal, this is open.
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.
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.
Big Apple Car was previously honored by the WPEO with a Done Deal Award in 2011.
The whole world seems to be under the impression that Fabregas to Barcelona is a done deal, yet Arsenal don't want to sell him and Barca don't need him.
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.
He said he wouldn't consider it all such a done deal ``if it wasn't Plushenko,'' silver-medalist at Salt Lake City in 2002 and three-time world champion.
Practically, it is a done deal," Sweden coach Lars Lagerback said.