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]


Nearby words

  1. beyond measure,
  2. beyond one's depth,
  3. beyond one's means,
  4. beyond question,
  5. beyond reach,
  6. beyond reproach,
  7. beyond the call of duty,
  8. beyond the pale,
  9. beyond the shadow of a doubt,
  10. beyoğlu

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