done and dusted

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1953, UK,[1] with "dusted" alliterative and expressing "finishing touches". Compare home and hosed.


done and dusted (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, idiomatic, of a task) Completed thoroughly and satisfactorily.
    • 1953, Brit. Bee Jrnl. 15 Oct. 669/1:[1]
      All to be done and dusted before the National Honey Show. After this the grand clear up.


  1. 1.0 1.1 “done and dusted” in John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors, The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.

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