beyond recall

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beyond recall

Irreversible, irretrievable, as in We can't repair this screenit's beyond recall, or It's too late to cancel our plansthey're beyond recall. This idiom employs recall in the sense of revoking or annulling something. [Mid-1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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