etched in stone


etched in stone
idiom. fixed; finalized; unable to be changed

English slang. 2015.

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  • etched in stone — Something, especially rules and customs,  that cannot be changed at all is said to be etched in stone …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • etched in stone — set/cast/etched/in stone phrase permanent and impossible to change These are just a few suggestions – they’re not cast in stone. Thesaurus: unlikely or impossible to changesynonym M …   Useful english dictionary

  • stone — stone1 W1S2 [stəun US stoun] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(rock)¦ 2¦(piece of rock)¦ 3¦(jewellery)¦ 4¦(fruit)¦ 5¦(medical)¦ 6¦(weight)¦ 7 a stone s throw from something/away (from something) 8 be made of stone 9 not be carved/etched in stone …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stone — I UK [stəʊn] / US [stoʊn] noun Word forms stone : singular stone plural stones *** 1) a) [uncountable] the hard substance that rocks are made of, often used for building grey stone b) [only before noun] made of stone a stone wall 2) [countable] a …   English dictionary

  • stone — stone1 [ stoun ] noun *** 1. ) uncount the hard substance that rocks are made of, often used for building: gray stone a ) only before noun made of stone: a stone wall b ) count a small piece of rock: Children threw stones at him. c ) count a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stone — [[t]stoʊn[/t]] n. pl. stones, stone 1) the hard substance, formed of mineral matter, of which rocks consist 2) a rock or particular piece or kind of rock 3) a piece of rock quarried and worked into a specific size and shape for a particular… …   From formal English to slang

  • set in stone — adjective no longer changeable the agreement is not yet set in stone • Syn: ↑carved in stone • Similar to: ↑unchangeable * * * set in stone (as if) engraved on stone and hence fixed and unalterable • • • Main Entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • carved in stone — [adj] fixed established, etched in stone*, firm, immutable, permanent, set in concrete*, set in stone*, unchangeable; concepts 488,551,583,649,798 …   New thesaurus

  • cast in stone — set/cast/etched/in stone phrase permanent and impossible to change These are just a few suggestions – they’re not cast in stone. Thesaurus: unlikely or impossible to changesynonym M …   Useful english dictionary

  • carved/etched/set/written in stone — permanent or not able to be changed These new rules are not carved in stone; if they don t work, we ll change them. • • • Main Entry: ↑stone …   Useful english dictionary