put the genie back in the bottle

put the genie back in the bottle

To attempt to revert a situation to how it formerly existed by containing, limiting, or repressing information, ideas, advancements, etc., that have become commonplace or public knowledge. Almost always used in the negative to denote the impossibility of such an attempt. Many people lament the ubiquity and pervasive nature of social media, but no one will be able to put that particular genie back in the bottle.
See also: back, bottle, genie, put
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But the struggle to put the genie back in the bottle won't be won - just ask the music industry.
In an effort to put the genie back in the bottle, the Clinton administration entered into intense negotiations with India as part of a reengagement with a country that had been largely estranged from the United States during the Cold War, because of its close ties to the Soviet Union.
So if we can't put the genie back in the bottle, is there a different model of authority coming along to replace the old?
It attempts to put the genie back in the bottle by remaking downtown L.
With ad revenues dropping, many of these sites are now attempting to put the genie back in the bottle and asking their users to pay for content, much of this valued at under a couple of dollars.
By accepting responsibility for implementing modern conservation practices like neighboring Coachella Valley Water District and other agricultural areas throughout California, IID can put the genie back in the bottle.