seal one's fate

Decide what will become of one, as in The letter of rejection sealed his fate; he'd have to apply to other medical schools. This term employs seal in the sense of “permanently fix or fasten something,” a usage dating from the mid-1600s.


Nearby words

  1. seal beach,
  2. seal brown,
  3. seal dog,
  4. seal of approval,
  5. seal off,
  6. seal point,
  7. seal ring,
  8. seal-point,
  9. sealab,
  10. sealant

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