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beyond recall

Irreversible, irretrievable, as in We can't repair this screen—it's beyond recall, or It's too late to cancel our plans—they're beyond recall. This idiom employs recall in the sense of revoking or annulling something. [ Mid-1600s ]
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  • While you are repining over what is beyond recall, events are moving on.

    Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
  • We were indeed now so deep in the business that we were beyond recall.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • Perhaps it was an old flame he was in mourning for from the days beyond recall.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The words uttered themselves, and she was sorry for them when they were beyond recall.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • She was certain that reason had departed; was it beyond recall?

    The Vision of Elijah Berl Frank Lewis Nason
  • I cannot cast off or change my love; that is given unreservedly and beyond recall.

  • Do not renew your sorrows, dear father, said Alida, what is past is beyond recall.

    Alida Amelia Stratton Comfield
  • Those who had risen and—hatched—were beyond recall, but no one spoke of them.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • Go not out of the harbor, however, for thou mayest not at any day be beyond recall if thou art needed as a messenger.

    With the Black Prince

    William Osborn Stoddard
  • Sometime 147 the hour would strike when she and her lover would be on the ocean and beyond recall.

    Friendship and Folly Maria Louise Pool

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