seal (one's) fate

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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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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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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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seal someone's fate

make it inevitable that something unpleasant will happen to someone.
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Murray had looked home and dry at 4-1 in the deciding set and then 6-3 in the tie break but was made to battle all the way before Federer struck a forehand long to seal his fate.
Any hostile cross-examination of Mr Hoon could seal his fate.
Movieline notes that "maverick moviemaker Henry Jaglom teeters perilously close to fame," asking: "Will his twonew films be his breakthrough, or seal his fate as a cult curiosity?
In the course of one night Angelo will be forced to make life-changing decisions that will seal his fate as one who protects or one who kills.