carved/etched/set/written in stone

noun phrase

: permanent or not able to be changed
These new rules are not carved in stone; if they don't work, we'll change them.

Examples of carved/etched/set/written in stone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s a start, but my view is that the formal scientific paper, set in stone at the moment of publication, is an anachronism in the Internet age. Peter Aldhous, Scientific American, 2 July 2024 The vote, however, doesn't automatically mean the ban will be implemented as staff is still consulting with stakeholders and experts before specifics are set in stone. Luzdelia Caballero, CBS News, 18 June 2024 By Theara Coleman, The Week US published 17 June 2024 Summer is usually a slow season for new video game releases, but that's not necessarily set in stone. Theara Coleman, theweek, 17 June 2024 Claudette Patton was a freshman at Fairdale High when she was told her future was set in stone by five digits. Rachel Smith, The Courier-Journal, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for carved/etched/set/written in stone 

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“Carved/etched/set/written in stone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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