you can't unring a bell

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you can't unring a bell

You can't rescind information that has been shared publicly, especially when it is damaging to a person or organization's reputation. Attempting to do so is usually as futile as "unringing" a bell. How confident are you in this information? Because once we announce it, there's no changing it—you can't unring a bell. You can't unring a bell, even with the best lawyers. So I doubt this scandal is going away anytime soon.
See also: bell, unring
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