Idiom of the Week: Set in Stone

Meaning: Used to describe something that cannot be changed, usually referring to future plans.


“When are you getting married?” “April 1st – but it’s not set in stone yet.”

He likes to keep his options open – with him, nothing’s ever set in stone.

Sorry, I can’t change my vacation dates. They’re set in stone.

Pop Quiz:

Your teacher says, “Our spring break is April 6th to the 10th. That’s set in stone.” What does she mean?

A.  Maybe spring break is April 6-10.

B.  Spring break is definitely April 6-10.

C.  You can take spring break sometime around April 6-10.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is B. If things are set in stone, they’re permanent, they’re definite, they’re not going to change.


3 thoughts on “Idiom of the Week: Set in Stone

  1. Lynne says:

    In my experience, this idiom is more often used in the negative, i.e., something is NOT set in stone, and therefore can be changed if needed.

  2. Also, when bargaining for a cheaper price you can ask if the price is set in stone.

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