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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.
recall from (something)
1. To be able to remember someone or something from some event, location, or previous point in time. I recall from my childhood a place beside the lake where my friends and I used to spend our summers. I think I recall him from a television show I used to watch. I recall a few things about that from my last job.
2. To summon, request, or call someone back from some place or thing. We've already recalled our workers from the offices there. The prime minister announced that he would be recalling all foreign aides and ambassadors from the region until the unrest began to settle.
3. To jolt or restore someone back to clarity of mind from some mental lapse. The sound of the chalk screeching on the board recalled me from my daydream. Use these smelling salts to recall her from her stupor.
4. To command or request that a product be returned to a manufacturer from something or some place. The company was forced to recall the product from store shelves after a third case of poisoning came to light. The automaker is recalling their newest model of sedan after a major concern about its airbag system was raised with regulators.
recall to (someone or something)
1. To cause someone to remember or think about something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "recall" and "to." The tune on the radio recalls to me my time spent in Paris as an undergraduate. One scene in particular recalled an event to me that I hadn't thought about in nearly 20 years.
2. To summon, request, or call someone back to some place or thing. A noun or pronoun is used between "recall" and "to." The specialist recalled me to her office in Chicago for a follow-up evaluation. The president has recalled our ambassadors back to the United States, effective immediately.
3. To jolt or restore someone back to some clear, focused, or purposeful state of mind. A noun or pronoun is used between "recall" and "to." Her impassioned letter recalled me to a sense of purpose I hadn't felt in years. Use these smelling salts to recall her to consciousness.
recall to mind
To cause one to remember or think about something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "recall" and "to." The tune on the radio recalls to mind my time spent in Paris as an undergraduate. One scene in particular recalled an event to mind that I hadn't thought about in nearly 20 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]