let the genie out of the bottle

let the genie out of the bottle

  (mainly American)
to allow something bad to happen which cannot then be stopped
Usage notes: In old Arabian stories, a genie was a magic spirit that would do whatever the person who controlled it wanted.
With the Internet, we really let the genie out of the bottle. People now have unlimited access to all manner of material. (mainly American)
See also: bottle, genie, of, out
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constitu Carrickf torch foll pr pbcait o "Th chee we bott Dickson said: "The DUP had the cheek to suggest that we let the genie out of the bottle by voting for the flag - when the reality was they let the genie out of the bottle in terms of the protest.
I hope East Fife chairman Derrick Brown now realises what happens when you let the genie out of the bottle.
Once you've got a database and information like that," he says, "you let the genie out of the bottle.
The willingness of broadcasters who have the platform is there; the technology to bet direct into track tote pools is said to be only a few months distant and betting levels on the Irish meetings could let the genie out of the bottle when it comes to some promoters' attitude to a tie-up.
It's my job to let the genie out of the bottle and bring the benefits of this innovative technology to the greater semiconductor industry.
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