cast in stone
Also, etched in stone. Definite, fixed, as in We may choose to stay longer—our plans aren't cast in stone, or When Carl sets an agenda you can safely assume it's etched in stone. Both expressions allude to sculpture, with the first, from the early 1500s, using the verb cast in the sense of pouring and hardening some material into a final form, and the second cutting or corroding a permanent design.
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My body used for his hard pleasure; a stone god gripping me in his hands.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“The US cannot tolerate the idea of any rival economic entity,” Stone writes.
Accusing his opponents of being locked in a Cold War mind-set, it is Stone who is beholden to old orthodoxies.
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
That Stone would slander the democratic, pro-Western, EuroMaidan revolution as a CIA coup is no surprise.
That evening in the gondola, with one old and two newer friends, is marked with a white stone in my recollection.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
They are so rich in harmony, so weird, so wild, that when you hear them you are like a sea-weed cast upon the bosom of the ocean.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Monsieur,” growls the baron, “stone walls have ears, you say if only they had tongues; what tales these could tell!Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The motherly woman received the babe instinctively and cast aside the travelling-rug in which he was enveloped.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Now, the whole Northwest groaned beneath a cast-iron prohibition law at that time, and for some years thereafter.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair