done deal

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done deal (plural done deals)

  1. (idiomatic) An agreement that has been finally resolved or decided.
    • 2018 April 28, Dorian Lynskey, quoting James McGrory, “‘It’s not a done deal’: inside the battle to stop Brexit”, in The Guardian[1]:
      “You get a win and suddenly the crowd’s on your side again. It was a shot in the arm for two reasons. First, when we work together, we are stronger. Second, this isn’t a done deal.”

Usage notes[edit]

Often celebratory, indicating finality after an arduous process (“at last!”). Contrast with fait accompli, which suggests suddenness, abruptness.