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a foregone conclusion

This page is about the idiom a foregone conclusion


You can say the result of something is a foregone conclusion if everyone knows what it's going to be before it happens.

For example

  • Everyone thinks it's a foregone conclusion that Roger will win, but I'm not so sure.

  • The result of the election is a foregone conclusion thanks to the government's control of vote counting.

We can say "a foregone conclusion", but not "the foregone conclusion".

Quick Quiz

If the prince is running in a race, the result is a foregone conclusion because

a. everyone else will let him win

b. everyone else will try really hard

c. everyone else will be disqualified

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Contributor: Matt Errey