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A foregone conclusion

Meaning

A decision made before the evidence for it is known. An inevitable conclusion.

Origin

Cobbe family portrait of William ShakespeareFrom Shakespeare's Othello, 1604:

OTHELLO:
But this denoted a foregone conclusion:
'Tis a shrewd doubt, though it be but a dream.

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