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the die is cast

Definitions

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  • The future is determined; there are no more options; events will proceed in an irreversible manner; the point of no return has been passed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the hazard must be run; the step is taken, and it is too late to draw back; the last chance is taken.

Etymologies

From games of chance in which the outcome is determined by the throwing of dice or a single die. Popularized by its use by Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon to begin a civil war in the Roman Republic, indicating the commission of an irreversible act, from whence also cross the Rubicon. (Wiktionary)

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  • I'm a fan of the origin of this phrase; it's an attribution to Julius Caesar (usually "alea iacta est"), supposedly stated as he gave the command to his army to begin crossing the river Rubicon, officially entering Roman land, and thereby irrevocably committing himself to civil war. Thus also the phrase cross the Rubicon.

    May 10, 2013