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beyond recall

Impossible to change, reverse, retrieve, or restore. The union is immovable on the issue, so it looks like a workers' strike is beyond recall now. Your truck's engine is completely shot; I'm afraid it's beyond recall at this point.
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recall someone from something

to call someone back from something or some place. The president recalled our ambassador from the war-torn country. I was recalled from retirement to help out at the office.
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recall someone or something from something

to remember someone or something from some event or some place. I recall someone by that name from my days at the university. Mary recalled the appropriate fact from her history studies.
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recall something to mind

to cause [someone] to remember something. The events of the day recall similar days in the past to mind. This book recalls a similar book published some years ago to mind.
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recall something to someone

to bring something to the mind of someone. Your comments recall another event to me—something that happened years ago. What you just said recalled an old saying to me.
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word (once) spoken is past recalling

Prov. Once you have said something, you cannot undo the result of having said it. Hilary apologized for having called Mark's suit cheap, but Mark was still offended. A word once spoken is past recalling.
See also: past, recall, spoken, word

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]
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beyond reˈcall

impossible to bring back to the original state; impossible to remember: When the plans to build the new highway were announced, we knew that the beautiful landscape around our house would soon be damaged beyond recall.
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First, the majority (75%) remembered a breakfast and party event, from either the same story or from different stories and 25% recalled the last party event heard.
Twelve times since 1990 companies have recalled their meat product without destroying it, according to information received through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Center for Public Integrity, an investigative govern-ment watchdog group in Washington, D.
But the new evidence of cognitive triage among children as young as 6 suggests weakly recalled items gain an unconscious memory edge, Brainerd contends.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled coffee brewers immediately and contact Starbucks for a full refund.
The recalled mattresses are 52 inches long and 27 1/2 inches wide.
Multiple-choice recognition of wordsthat could not be recalled followed the same pattern, but was high under all conditions.
There have been instances of dangerous products, recalled years before, being blamed for deaths or injuries to consumers.
The first proposes that negative thoughts about oneself and the world strongly influence what is stored in memory as well as which past experiences are recalled.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Recall Angel, a SaaS-based vehicle-recall notification dashboard from Zonic Design helps auto dealers quickly communicate OEM recall notifications to their customers so they can service those recalled vehicles effectively to ensure motorist safety.
Lawrence Tribe argued that Gray Davis could not constitutionally be recalled by the same system that got him into power in the first place.
In fact, CPSC staff is currently working on a briefing package proposing a product registration system to help identify purchasers of recalled products.
On Friday, September 16, 2005, the Central Admixture Pharmacy Services (CAPS) facility at Lanham, Maryland voluntarily recalled injectable products manufactured at the facility through September 16th.
Now would be a good time to check on whether any of your summer products were recalled this past winter.
Gray Davis if he's recalled by voters, announced that former Secretary of State George Shultz would be working as a campaign adviser.
It found that many consumers continued to use recalled products (in this case, hairdryers that contained asbestos) if they did not believe the product presented a real hazard.