signed, sealed, and delivered

Completed satisfactorily, as in The house is sold—signed, sealed, and delivered. This idiom refers to a legal deed, which to be valid had to be signed by the seller, sealed with a wax seal, and delivered to the new owner. It began to be used more loosely in the first half of the 1900s.


Nearby words

  1. signature tune,
  2. signboard,
  3. signed english,
  4. signed minor,
  5. signed number,
  6. signed-ranks test,
  7. signee,
  8. signer,
  9. signet,
  10. signet ring

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