die is cast

the die is cast

A course of action has been finalized. This expression comes from a Latin phrase thought to have been said by Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon river and became embroiled in civil war in 49 BCE. Well, the die is cast now that we've closed on the house—we're officially homeowners!
See also: cast, die

die is cast

Prov. A process is past the point of no return. (The die is one of a pair of dice. The cast means thrown. This phrase [in Latin] was said by Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon with his legions, starting a civil war.) After that speech favoring reform of the education system, the die is cast. This is now a campaign issue. The die is cast. There is no turning back on this point.
See also: cast, die

die is cast, the

A final decision has been made; there is no turning back. The term comes from Julius Caesar’s invasion of Italy in 49 b.c. (see cross the Rubicon). According to Suetonius’s account, Caesar said Jacta alea est (The dice have been thrown), which has been repeated through the ages whenever a figurative player must abide by the result of a throw of the dice. It was a cliché by the time George Meredith wrote, “The die is cast—I cannot go back” (The Egoist, 1879).
See also: die