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the die is cast

the die is cast

Date: Aug 09 2007


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“At a time like the one we’re in now where you feel like government and big business are kind of the same thing, people feel like the die is cast.”

- Actress Julia Roberts on staying motivated to save the environment. (Vanity Fair)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

the future cannot be changed; things are past the point of no return; what will happen is fated

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

History tells that as Caesar led his army to battle he said, “Alea iacta est,” which is Latin for the die is cast. He wanted his soldiers to feel as though they had already won the battle, or that it was their fate to be victorious.

Since then, the phrase the die is cast has been used to mean that there is nothing that can be done to change what is to come. It refers to dice, cubes used in games and gambling. Once dice have been thrown, or cast you can’t change what number they’re going to land on.

When she’s not acting in movies, Julia Roberts is doing her part to save the environment. Her house is even solar powered! She says that things may seem hopeless at the moment because the government and major corporations seem determined to destroy the Earth. But her point is that the die is not cast. There are a great many things we can do to save the environment.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“I don’t think there’s any way to get out of this mess. The die is cast.”

“It may seem like the die is cast, but I still think we can win this game. It’s only half over.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

Belizza from Julio Caesar´s quote, mean that events have passed a point of no return.
by Belizza
The die is cast means that there is no returning back on this point.
by anetka77
katara It is from when Caesar violated the prohibition against taking an army across the Rubicon River, to threaten the Senate. He said at that point "Alea jacta est", "the die is cast", meaning that the chance was taken, the bets were on the table, and there was no turning back.
by katara
GarO A decision is already made in someone's mind and he or she will carry it out no matter what happen.
by GarO
It's too late to change.
by A lover of Ebaby
the future has already been set..we can't do anything anymore to change it..we just have to live with it..
by grad13nt
Y.Furu a decision which has been taken and is unable to be changed now
by Y.Furu
if something likes the die is cast, it happens and can't be stopped by the outer forces. What we can do is just wait and see what will happen.
by ok-sqn
Angelily a step is taken, and there is no going back...
by Angelily
Aru It's been decided and neither the government nor the big business will change their process.
by Aru
an irrevocable decision has been made
by periwinkle.chic
you cannot cahnge your fate or luck
by wonkapet
liru The decision has been made and is irrevocable.
by liru
The decision or course of action has been determined and cannot be changed.
by nerissa yuan

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in my opinion life is very beatiful.but we dont know that how enjoyed of life .if we can to know our self and our ability .

10:26 AM Aug 16 2007 |



Sri Lanka

Well let me share this, rich peple beleive “I CREAT MY LIFE” and poor poeple beleive “LIFE HAPPENS TO ME
If you wnat to change your life, it is imperative that you beleive that you are at the steering weheel of your life. you creat every moment in your life.
good luck to us…

10:03 AM Aug 14 2007 |




when you fire the gun there is no way to bring it back

12:34 PM Aug 11 2007 |



Viet Nam

“When fate hands us a lemon, let’s try to make a lemonade”

06:56 PM Aug 09 2007 |



Saudi Arabia

i think its ok that the die is cast but we have to work hard and not surrender immediately

01:44 AM Aug 09 2007 |

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