English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Agreements - Arrangements
|in black and white||To say that
something is in black and white
means that there is written proof of it.
It's an obligation. It's written in black and white in your contract.
|clinch a deal||
In a business relationship, if you
clinch a deal, you reach agreement on a
proposal or offer.
Tom's final argument enabled us to clinch the deal.
|a done deal||This expression is
used to refer to an agreement or decision
which has been reached on a certain matter
We're still considering several proposals, so it's not a done deal yet.
|gentleman's agreement||When an agreement
is neither written nor signed, because the
two parties trust each other completely, it
is called a
It was a gentleman's agreement. I can't change my mind now!
|a matter of form||If you do something
out of politeness, or because it is accepted
practice or the usual way of doing
something, you do it as a matter of form.
I know we're in agreement, but I need your signature as a matter of form.
|sign on the dotted line||If you sign on
the dotted line, you formally give your
consent to something by signing an official
I consulted my lawyer before signing on the dotted line.
|signed, sealed and delivered||When an agreement,
contract or treaty is
signed, sealed and delivered, all
the legal documents have been signed.
It is hoped that the agreement will be signed, sealed and delivered before the end of the week.
|square deal||A transaction that
is fair and honest, or an equitable
arrangement, is called a square deal.
We've used the same supplier for years and we always get a square deal.
|no strings attached||If something is
offered or obtained with no strings
attached, it comes without any special
conditions or restrictions.
I managed to get a loan with no strings attached.
|with one voice||Two or more groups or organisations who
are in complete agreement are said to speak
with one voice.
For once the government and the trade unions are speaking with one voice.
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