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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!
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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.
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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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Asked whether Salam would eventually form a fait accompli government if Aoun insisted on retaining the Energy Ministry for his bloc, Siniora said: "The Cabinet formation decision lies with the prime minister-designate and the president.
felt that she had been put into an impossible situation by doing so, and that it had been a fait accompli.
Whatever your views and opinions, they all count for nought as it is a fait accompli so we must move on.
The correspondent asks why most planning matters are dealt with by making decisions and sorting the ramifications after the usual fait accompli.
The gravity of the Moroccan position is not only in the rejection of self-determination referendum, but in its attempt to distort the very principle of the international right of self-determination, by distorting it unilaterally so to force legitimise a colonial fait accompli," the Sahrawi official stressed at the closing ceremony of the 3rd conference of Madrid Universities on Western Sahara.
Agim Vela, acting rector of the Tetovo State University (DUT), stressed that this institution has been presented with a fait accompli, warning that the decision to open branches of the DUT faculties in Skopje, Kicevo, and Struga was made without consultation and is a threat to the university's autonomy.
I hope the cabinet will give my residents the same option and not have to face a fait accompli.
The change is probably a fait accompli by now but it's left this particular member really disgruntled.
Theoretically basing his work on the writings of Gilles Deleuze and Michael Hardt, he analyzes the power dynamic wrought by the accords, finding that Israel co-opted the Palestinian Liberation Organization through promises of substantial power that would create a fait accompli that would compel the Palestinian leadership to accept a permanently sub-sovereign final status agreement.
Paul who called Death "the last enemy" (I Cor 15:26), but it is Revelation 21 that speaks of the enemy's end as fait accompli.
When you brutally place such a fait accompli, how can you call this dialogue?
Presenting Ma'am in-law with a fait accompli would have been far simpler and more dignified than the current silliness.
If the conditions of modern building production lead automatically to a kind of monothematic fait accompli, is it not better disturbed by a few random elements?