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fait accompli

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Definition an irreversible accomplishment
  • Sometimes it is necessary to present one's colleagues with a policy that is already a fait accompli.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a fait accompli?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • We'll work out an agreement, then present it to our governments as a fait accompli."
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • She only told him about it when it was a fait accompli.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Europe adjusts itself to a fait accompli, and so does an individual character—until the placid adjustment is disturbed by a convulsive retribution.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • ... It is far better for her to make her own adjustment before the operation than to awaken from the anesthetic and find it a fait accompli.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Although that was not her intention, it was the correct way to respond to anonymous letters from a class accustomed by the affronts of history to bow before faits accomplis.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Only six people in the entire Galaxy understood the principle on which the Galaxy was governed, and they knew that once Zaphod Beeblebrox had announced his intention to run as President it was more or less a fait accompli: he was ideal presidency fodder.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Agreeing that one must support delegated authority, Nicole refused their request, whereupon Mary—who in the manner of an Anita Loos' heroine had dealings only with Faits Accomplis, who indeed could not have house-broken a French poodle puppy—regarded Dick as though he were guilty of a most flagrant bullying.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • This time there would be no impediments; the crazy bliss of fornication with a hot-skinned, eager-bellied Jewish girl with fathomless eyes and magnificent apricot-and-ocher suntanned legs that all but promised to squeeze the life out of me was no dumb fantasy: it was a fait accompli, practically consummated save for the terrible wait until Thursday.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • In that case, said Winifred, the whole thing would have to be arranged, then presented as a fait accompli; or, even better, the debut could be dispensed with altogether if its primary object had already been accomplished, the primary object being a strategic marriage.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin

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