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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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Besides the $50 billion dollars small product engraving market, exactly how big the market size is for engraving large, heavy objects is not known.
Building quality made engraving machines for over 32 years, Vision brings their engraving expertise to NECA.
Objective: Created 15 years ago, the innovative Italian company ML Engraving SRL is one of the leaders in laser engraving and texturing on moulds/dies and parts for automotive and consumer goods industries in one of the most industrialised regions in Europe, Lombardia.
Barbara Button is a former chorus dancer, opera singer and glass engraver, who has just finished her latest commission - engraving a set of whiskey glasses.
It is said that the engraving could have been the work of Neanderthals or modern humans based on the early date as well as the location of the discovery.
GravoTech has introduced GravoStyle 7 Build 4, the latest version of the company's leading software for laser and rotary engraving machines.
Nigel Mawson said: "It is an honour to be the stonemason who will be engraving the bishop's name in this way.
Illustrated with color images of vintage engravings throughout (some of the engravings were originally black-and-white; others were highlighted with color, an extraordinary feat for the time), The Engraving Trade in Early Cincinnati: With a Brief Account of the Beginning of the Lithographic Trade is a thoughtful study of how the engraving industry advanced the growth of Cincinnati in the nineteenth century.
Mr Grenier, who lives in North Cadbury, Somerset, has been engraving for 20 years after training at West Dean College, Sussex, and then as a student of Simon Whistler, son of the famous glass engraver Lawrence Whistler.
Following this, Sturm Ruger has had 1,000 of these pistols made with a special-edition slide engraved by Baron Engraving, which runs Ruger's Custom Engraving Shop.
Researchers already knew that the Howiesons Poort culture, which engraved the eggshells, engaged in other symbolic practices, such as engraving designs into pieces of pigment, that were considered to have been crucial advances in human behavioral evolution.
The exhibition will present the entire collection, 100 pieces, considered the most important engraving series from the first half of the 20th century.
The Duo enables engraving on a variety of materials including reflective metals such as aluminum, brass, silver, gold, and stainless steel, as well as on plastics, wood, acrylics, leather, glass, and coated metals.
CULTURE Club members are invited to attend a wood engraving talk and demonstration by Chris Daunt at 6pm on Wednesday, March 11, at Northern Print in Newcastle.
Engraving the savage; the New World and techniques of civilization.