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.


Nearby words

  1. donbass,
  2. doncaster,
  3. donder,
  4. donders' law,
  5. done,
  6. done for,
  7. done in,
  8. done to a t,
  9. donec,
  10. donee

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