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 ]
Historical Examples

The Christian Foundation, Or, Scientific and Religious Journal, Volume 1, January, 1880 Various
Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid
The Betrayal of John Fordham B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
The Adventures of Akbar Flora Annie Steel
Ulysses James Joyce
The Holy Cross and Other Tales Eugene Field
The Vision of Elijah Berl Frank Lewis Nason
Hildebrand Anonymous
The Last of the Vikings John Bowling

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