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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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engrave (something) into (something)

To etch or carve something into a surface or material. When we got our sidewalk repaved, the kids engraved their initials into the cement. The woman at the store said that they can engrave our wedding date into the picture frame.
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engrave (something) onto (something)

To etch or carve something onto a surface or material. The woman at the store said that they can engrave our wedding date onto the picture frame.
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engrave (something) upon (something)

1. To etch or carve something onto some surface or material. The woman at the store said that they can engrave our wedding date upon the picture frame.
2. By extension, to commit something to memory. After missing my first appointment, I engraved the rescheduled date upon my brain.
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engrave (something) with (something)

1. To etch or carve something onto a surface or material. The woman at the store said that they can engrave the picture frame with our wedding date.
2. To use something, such as a tool, to etch or carve into a surface or material. The artist engraved a design into the linoleum with a small cutter.
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be engraved on (one's) heart

Said of something that one will always remember. The day you were born is just engraved on my heart—I could never forget what it felt like to hold you for the first time.
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be engraved in (one's) memory

Said of something that one will always remember. The day you were born is just engraved in my memory—I could never forget what it felt like to hold you for the first time.
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be engraved in (one's) mind

Said of something that one will always remember. The day you were born is just engraved in my mind—I could never forget what it felt like to hold you for the first time.
See also: engrave, mind

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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be engraved on/in your ˈheart/ˈmemory/ˈmind

be something that you will never forget because it affected you so strongly: Although he was very young at the time, the date of his father’s funeral was engraved on his heart.
Engrave means ‘cut words or designs on wood, stone, etc.’.
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Besides the fact that it would have been difficult to engrave these plates and print them in the short time between Diana's arrival in Rome and her request for the privilege, she refers to them as labors of hers that would receive new life in Rome, making it clear that they were engraved first in Mantua.
The new Datacard(R) LaserGrafix(TM) Module uses a diode-pumped laser to permanently engrave photos, microtext, regular text, bar codes, signatures and other images into the sub-layers of a card.