the die is cast
Meaning: We can say the die is cast after a decision has been made that will strongly affect a situation, and it can't be reversed.
- As soon as he pulled out his gun, the die was cast and he was sure to be killed by the police.
- Bill knew the die was cast the first time he took the drug. He was going to be an addict.
The die was cast the moment the band signed a contract with EMI. They were