done deal

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done deal

An irrevocable agreement, as in Once you've signed the lease, it's a done deal. This slangy expression, first recorded in 1979, may have come from done thing, originating in the late 1600s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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