alea jacta est

Latin quotation from Julius Caesar
alea jac·​ta est | \ ˈä-lē-ˌä-ˌyäk-tä-ˈest How to pronounce alea jacta est (audio) \

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: the die is cast : there is no turning back

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“Alea jacta est.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alea%20jacta%20est. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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