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a done deal American English Informal

Meaning: A done deal is an agreement or a decision that is final.

For example:

  • It's a done deal so we can go ahead and start planning the details.

  • No-one knew about it, but the contract has been a done deal since the senator spoke to the minister last month.

Variety: This idiom is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

Linda's appointment as head of marketing is a done deal. She
  1. might get the job
  2. will get the job
  3. won't get the job

Discuss: a done deal

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