People often use this expression to emphaform size that what is done is done, & nothing can change what has already started.

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Origin of The Die is Cast

This expression became popular from its Latin form, Alea iacta est. A Roman historian, Suetonius, attributed this quote to Julius Caesar in the year 49 B.C.

According lớn Suetonius, Caesar said this sentence as he entered Italy with his army. As a result of the invasion, he stated a civil war.

When he said the die is cast, he meant that it was too late to stop the war from beginning at that point. He had already disobeyed orders, và he must win the war if he wanted to keep his life.

Nowadays, people use it as a synonym for past the point of no return.

Examples of The Die is Cast

Here is an example of two family members using the expression while at home.

Grandmother: Our Thanksgiving meal is almost finished!

Granddaughter: You didn’t make turkey, did you? Didn’t you remember that I’m allergic to lớn turkey?

Grandmother: You’re not allergic khổng lồ turkey. You just don’t lượt thích the taste. Anyway, if you wanted something different, you should have sầu told me earlier or helped prepare something different. Dinner is in five sầu minutes, so the die has been cast. There’s no way to lớn change the meal now.

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The second dialogue shows a daughter explaining why she thinks her entire life is doomed.

Father: Why are you upset?

Daughter: I failed my biology thử nghiệm. Now I can never be a doctor.

Father: It’s just one bad grade. You got A’s on all your other tests and assignments. This grade should have a small or completely insignificant impact on your ability lớn get inkhổng lồ a good university & eventually become a doctor.

Daughter: No, I made the decision to get more sleep và study less, and this is the result. The die is cast. Nothing can change the outcome of my poor decision.

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The phrase the die is cast means events are already in motion và cannot be stopped.


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