a fait accompli

fait accompli

A decision that has already been made or something that has already been accomplished or completed. The decision by the CEO to close 50 of the company's stores came as a fait accompli to the rest of the management team, who were powerless to stop it. Failing this class is not a fait accompli—you have the ability to study and bring up your grade!
See also: accompli, fait

a ˌfait accomˈpli

(from French) something that has already happened or been done and that you cannot change: We got married secretly and then presented our parents with a fait accompli.
See also: accompli, fait

fait accompli, a

A deed or action already completed. The term is French for “accomplished action” and was adopted into English in the early nineteenth century. The French critic Nicolas Boileau, exponent of the classical style, may have been one of the first to popularize the term in French, in his treatise L’Art poétique (1674), expounding the classic unities of drama: “Qu’en un lieu, qu’en un jour, un seul fait accompli tienne jusqu’ à la fin le théâtre rempli” (One place, one time, one single action will keep the audience in the theater to the end).
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References in classic literature ?
Europe adjusts itself to a fait accompli, and so does an individual character--until the placid adjustment is disturbed by a convulsive retribution.
Any attempt on the part of Turkey to foment a fait accompli in Cyprus' maritime area would be irrational and Ankara would not take such a risk, according to Dimitris Vitsas, Greece's Alternate Minister of National Defence.
The idea that China will be forced to concede or accept a fait accompli through the verdict will turn out to be unrealistic," Hong said.
Boasting a superficially new plot but preaching the exact same sermon--in the identical leaden, graceless manner--as its predecessor, Harold Crank's follow-up concocts a laughable crisis of faith whose resolution is a fait accompli, turning the endeavor into a torturous exercise in one-note proselytizing.
Not as yet properly consulted, (somewhat of an understatement) a school that manages its finances well and that has examination results to be proud of, is apparently presented with a fait accompli.
NNA - The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, probing the 2205 killing of former statesman Rafic Hariri, on Thursday continued hearing the testimony of Progressive Socialist Party Head, MP Walid Jumblatt, who indicated that the Syrians had flouted Taef Accord, and imposed the tutelage as a fait accompli.
The GCC Ministerial Council, remembered the statement issued during the GCC extraordinary meeting in 21, January, 2015 regarding the Houthi coup in Yemen and a statement issued by the Security Council in 15, February, 2015, the GCC initiative and it executive mechanism, the outputs of the national dialogue and relevant resolutions of the Security Council, reiterated its condemnation and refusal of the Houthi coup and its attempts to impose a fait accompli by force.
Summary: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai warned Tuesday that a fait accompli government would plunge Lebanon into further turmoil, as the Future Movement said the formation of a national unity Cabinet hinged on MP Michel Aoun's agreement to the rotation of ministerial portfolios.
He continued to add that, "Israel's justifications for the ban on many goods and raw materials are completely untenable and unrealistic as it's just trying hard to impose a fait accompli (irreversible accomplished fact).
Ihsanoglu stated that the Israeli settlement policy aims at consolidating occupation and imposing a fait accompli.
Ms Oakeshott told the court Pryce said Huhne had presented her with a fait accompli of taking the points, adding: "She was understandably very upset about it.
But Joe Clarke, regional official for Unite, said: "I get the impression that Michael Clarke has made a fait accompli in relation to the plans to close Birmingham.
Dawood Rajha said Israel's policy of terrorism and its attempts to impose a fait accompli will not change the reality and will only make the rights' legitimate owners more committed to their rights.
The Ghanaians, who have overcome the injury-enforced absence of star midfielder Michael Essien, believe it's a fait accompli they will end Australia's hopes of a place in the final 16.
And the fears of Arsenal fans that the move is a fait accompli grew when Barca president Joan Laporta told friends that "in a few weeks this subject will be closed".