(one's) fate is sealed

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(one's) fate is sealed

A particular outcome for one is assured. If the jury comes back with a guilty verdict, then his fate is sealed.
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someone's fate is sealed

Fig. the destiny of somene has been determined. When the driver finally saw that the bridge was out, he knew his fate was sealed.
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'As a judge and chief justice of this ultimate forum of justice, I am well aware of the weight of upholding justice that we judges have to live with each time a judgment is to be delivered; each time someone's fate is sealed with the tips of our pens; each time with borrowed prudence from the law we paint the canvas of legal precedent,' he said.
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