all over but the shouting, it's

all over but the shouting

Inevitable at this point, as of an outcome. (Said especially of sporting events.) With that last goal, it's all over but the shouting at this point.
See also: all, but, over, shout

it's all over but the shouting

Something is inevitable at this point, as of an outcome. (Said especially of sporting events.) With that last goal, it's all over but the shouting at this point.
See also: all, but, over, shout

It's all over but the shouting.

Fig. Cliché It is decided and concluded.; It is essentially decided and finished. (Meaning that though there may be more to some process, the outcome is clear. An elaboration of all over, which means "finished.") The last goal was made with only 4 seconds to go in the game. "Well, it's all over but the shouting," said the coach. Tom worked hard in college and passed his last test with an A. When he saw the grade, he said, "It's all over but the shouting."
See also: all, but, over, shout

all over but the shouting

The outcome is a certainty, as in When Jim hit the ball over the fence, it was all over but the shouting. The term's first use in print, in 1842, was by Welsh sportswriter Charles James Apperley, but some authorities believe it originated even earlier in the United States for a close political race. Today it is applied to any contest. A common British version is all over bar the shouting.
See also: all, but, over, shout

all over but the shouting, it's

The outcome is certain, though it may not yet be widely known. Probably originating in the mid-nineteenth century, the phrase was first used for the outcome of sporting events, elections, and similar competitive undertakings, and still is.
See also: all, but, over