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carved in stone

Permanently fixed or firmly established; incapable of being changed. Often used in the negative. The deal isn't yet carved in stone, but we're confident it will go ahead as hoped.
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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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engrave something into something

to cut symbols into something. She engraves a lovely design into the soap that she puts out for guests. Todd engraved his initials into the bark of the tree.
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engrave something on(to) something

to cut symbols into the surface of something. She engraved her initials onto the side of the tree. Ted engraved her name on the bracelet.
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engrave something (up)on something

1. . Lit. to cut letters or a design into the surface of something; to engrave something on(to) something. Todd engraved his initials into the bark of the tree. Their names were engraved onto each of their wedding rings. He asked them to engrave his initials upon the back of his watch. He engraved his name on the desktop.
2. Fig. to imprint something firmly on someone's mind. I engraved the combination to the safe upon my brain. The teacher engraved the definition of a noun into my memory.
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engrave something with something

1. . to carve something, such as letters, into something. He engraved the soft pewter with an old motto. Can you engrave my watch with a date?
2. to carve on something, using some tool or device. The worker engraved the watch with a sharp stylus. Can I engrave this bracelet with this tool? Is it sharp enough?
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Giorgio Ghisi, who also learned how to engrave in Mantua, avoided both mechanical shading combinations and difficult-to-read images by working the surfaces of his plates until they were so covered with tone he could pick out the brightest lights by judiciously opening the net of marks.
It also connected her quite publicly with a cleaned-up, late cinquecento Giulio Romano, the painter who had done so brilliantly in Rome as the successor of Raphael until he disgraced himself by designing a set of erotic drawings for Marcantonio Raimondi to engrave, and left for Mantua and greater fame.
In the early 1580s Diana mined Mantuan imagery one last time in order to engrave an ambitious decorated Lunario calculated by her husband and illustrated with minuscule pictures taken from the astrological motifs in the Sala dei Venti of the Palazzo Te.
LaserGrafix engraves up to 1,400 cards per hour, depending upon the size and complexity of images and text, on a Datacard(R) 9000 or 7000 Series card issuance system.
Key features include a high-precision laser that engraves crisp, clear photos and ultra-sharp microtext, standard text, signatures and bar codes.
The new Datacard(R) LaserGrafix(TM) Module uses a diode-pumped laser to permanently engrave photos, microtext, regular text, bar codes, signatures and other images into the sub-layers of a card.