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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How to use beyond recall in a sentence
It melts the stone of actual life into meaningless lava beyond recall.
Nina she evidently regarded as absorbed fatally, beyond recall; and no wonder, when for her the game was so magnificent.The Creators | May Sinclair
But happily they were not beyond recall, and, with Petros army to back them, they now hurried back to bring aid.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
She was in a frenzy till she could get it out of her hands and into the postal-box beyond recall.The Coast of Bohemia | William Dean Howells
Again he surveyed the jeweled emblem on the sword, mocking reminder of a glory gone beyond recall.Under the Rose | Frederic Stewart Isham
Friends of the house were soon thoroughly convinced that Old Nick was done for; the widow had captivated him beyond recall.Dry Fish and Wet | Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen