seal (one's) fate

seal (one's) fate

To solidify or confirm that a particular, usually unpleasant, thing will happen. If you fail this exam, it will seal your fate and make your GPA low enough to qualify for expulsion.
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seal someone's fate

Fig. to determine finally the fate of someone. His lying and cheating sealed his fate. He was convicted and sent to prison.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

seal one's fate

Decide what will become of one, as in The letter of rejection sealed his fate; he'd have to apply to other medical schools. This term employs seal in the sense of "permanently fix or fasten something," a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

seal someone's fate

COMMON If something seals the fate of a person or thing, it makes it certain that something unpleasant will happen to them. The plan removes power from the government, sealing the fate of the unpopular Prime Minister. It was his decision to walk that night, rather than taking a taxi, that sealed his fate.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

seal someone's fate

make it inevitable that something unpleasant will happen to someone.
See also: fate, seal
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