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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.
See also: beyond, recall

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.
See also: mind, recall

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]
See also: beyond, recall

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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Judgments of learning (JOL) occur during or after acquisition and are predictors of future test performance on currently recallable items (Nelson, 1992, 1996b; Nelson & Narens, 1990; Reder & Ritter, 1992).
There is a loose collective leadership of "co-representatives" who are immediately recallable by the membership.
Bencastro integrates other true incidents into his fiction, several of them quite recent and recallable.
For example, if the memberships are recallable and the appraisal assumes their recall, who pays any recall fee and expense, the buyer or the seller?
The firing of the air traffic controllers, winnable nuclear war, recallable nuclear missiles, trees that cause pollution, Elliott Abrams lying to Congress, ketchup as a vegetable, colluding with Guatemalan thugs, pardons for F.
Embodying knowledge and moral lessons in easily recallable form, the stories are a way of preserving and communicating the elders' wisdom in societies that until very recently were without writing.
Subjects instructed to flex "spontaneously" (in non-veto experiments) "reported that during some of the trials a recallable conscious urge to act appeared but was `aborted' or somehow suppressed before any actual movement occurred; in such cases the subject simply waited for another urge to appear, which, when consummated, constituted the actual event whose RP was recorded" (1985, p.
The list is so manipulated that, for each participant, one gender is represented by famous and easily recallable names (Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Thatcher) and the other by less familiar names (Jack Wilson, Harold Carter).
They favor abolishing "fast-flyers" (ballistic missiles) and relying on slower, recallable bombers.
Keller and Dalton conduct a seamless dialogue, punctuated by graphics edited into the tape and designed to distill the conversation into recallable phrases.
By wanting to remember, we destroy the pristine state of any potentially recallable memory.
Subsequent bill payments will only require an easily recallable customer identifier like their phone number.
The candidate should be able to award an advance to be approved by the contracting authority properly, to draw up the first written request recallable bank guarantee of 5% (twenty five percent) of the contract value in favor of contracting authority, which runs until the day of delivery.
NEW YORK GIANTS -- Placed G Geoff Schwartz on recallable injured reserve.
However, these board members should be recallable by the workers of the enterprise any time for any reason by initiatives or a simple majority vote.