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a done deal
Something that has been decided or finalized. Once we sign those papers, the sale of the house will be a done deal. I had no idea I'd have to make more payments to receive the merchandise—I thought it was a done deal! Everyone thought his promotion was a done deal, but his unprofessional behavior during the interview gave the board of directors second thoughts about him.
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An irrevocable agreement, as in Once you've signed the lease, it's a done deal. This slangy expression, first recorded in 1979, may have come from done thing, originating in the late 1600s.
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n. a completed deal; something that is settled. The sale of the property is a done deal. There is nothing that can be changed now.
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done deal, a
An irreversible agreement, a final decision or compact. This relatively new synonym for the long-used fait accompli dates only from the late 1970s, but according to William Safire, it had a near predecessor in a done thing. The latter surfaced about 1700, and Dickens used it: “It was a done thing between him and Scrooge’s nephew” (A Christmas Carol, 1843). The current cliché is also often used in the negative (not a done deal), as in “We can interview another architect; it’s not a done deal, you know.”
See also: done
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