the genie is out of the bottle

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the genie is out of the bottle

A secret has been revealed. The genie is out of the bottle, Dave. Everyone knows you're leaving.
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the genie is out of the bottle

If the genie is out of the bottle, something has been done or created which cannot be changed or stopped, especially something which some people regret. Whatever we think about nuclear power, the genie is out of the bottle. Note: You can say that someone has let the genie out of the bottle. Having let the democracy genie out of the bottle, the president can't now reverse it. Note: You can also say that you cannot put the genie back in the bottle, meaning that you cannot go back to the state you were in before an important change happened. We cannot unlearn what we know. We cannot put the genie of knowledge back in the bottle. It's too late. The genie is out of the bottle, and can't be put back. Note: In Arabian mythology, a genie is a mischievous spirit with magical powers. This expression may refer to the story of Aladdin, who rubs a lamp and releases a genie from it.
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the ˌgenie is out of the ˈbottle

used to say that an action has been taken that will cause a big and permanent change in people’s lives, especially one which might make a situation worse: Now that genetically modified foods are on our supermarket shelves, the genie is out of the bottle and cannot be put back in.
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Regarding "Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence" (March/April 2015): the genie is out of the bottle. It's too late to put it back in, and why would we want to anyway?
The devolution genie is out of the bottle. The new powers that Scotland will now receive must be given to local areas in England and Wales.
Now the genie is out of the bottle, we have to make the most of it.
Once the anti-discrimination genie is out of the bottle, it could be Christmas for lawyers for the next decade.
I'M not too sure how effective a chastity ring worn around the finger will be, but I fully accept that the genie is out of the bottle as far as wearing symbols in school is concerned.
But now the genie is out of the bottle, it can't be put back.
Dillon makes the point that, once the genie is out of the bottle, so to speak, it can't be legislated back in--though that hasn't stopped people from trying throughout the centuries.
..The genie is out of the bottle and cannot be put back whatever Bush and his warmongering cronies might wreak in Iraq or elsewhere.
This genie is out of the bottle and it keeps getting bigger by the hour.
Believe it or not, the genie is out of the bottle. Human cloning will be done whether we like it or not.
They later scrapped the idea after a wave of criticism, but the genie is out of the bottle.
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