That was the most important political event of the week, much more than a caucus whose result was a foregone conclusion.
Indeed, to members of the Yes campaign in the final days, victory was a foregone conclusion.
The American Idol announcement about J.Lo and Steven Tyler was a foregone conclusion.
"to go before," Old English foregan "to go before," from fore- + go. The similarly constructed foredone "killed, destroyed," now is archaic, replaced by done for. Related: Foregoing; foregone.
Phrase foregone conclusion popularized in "Othello" [III.iii], but Shakespeare's sense was not necessarily the main modern one of "a decision already formed before the case is argued." Othello says it of Cassio's dream, and it is clear from the context that Othello means Cassio actually has been in bed with Desdemona before he allegedly dreamed it.