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a word (once) spoken cannot be recalled

It is impossible to withdraw one's words or undo their effects once they have been spoken aloud. A: "I told her I was sorry for what I said. I was only joking, but I should have known better." B: "It's going to take more than that to win her back. A word spoken cannot be recalled." Remember that a word once spoken cannot be recalled, so you must choose what you say very carefully when you stand before the council.
See also: cannot, recall, spoken, word

a word (once) spoken is past recalling

It is impossible to withdraw one's words or undo their effects once they have been spoken aloud. A: "I told her I was sorry for what I said. I was only joking, but I should have known better." B: "It's going to take more than that to win her back. A word spoken is past recalling." Remember that a word once spoken is past recalling, so you must choose what you say very carefully when you stand before the council.
See also: past, recall, spoken, word

as far as I (can) recall/remember

To the extent that I am able to remember. Piper is off today, as far as I can recall. As far as I remember, we need this part of the project done by Wednesday.
See also: far, recall, remember

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 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.
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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.
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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.
See also: mind, recall
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: beyond, recall
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What are the terms and conditions of transfer and are they revocable or recallable? And must a buyer of only the real estate recognize these membership rights, whether or not he or she buys the legal entity that issued them (i.e., do these rights attach to the real property)?
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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.
I mentioned that Libet offered a second kind of evidence for "veto control." 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).
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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.
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The three Rotomat, 4-cage, full water Rotary Sterilizers are equipped with the latest computer control system, which enables all process parameters to be pre-programmed into a recallable menu within the system.
Table 2: Responses to AGA Survey to Utilities with Choice Programs In-Place or Proposed Utility offers pipeline capacity Must-14 If yes, is it recallable Yes-14 Utility offers storage capacity Must-9 If yes, is it recallable Yes-11 Marketer must take pipeline capacity Yes-5 Marketer must take storage capacity Yes-6 Capacity rates charged Maximum-17 Marketer must balance(**) Monthly-12 Imbalance made up through(**) Cash out-17 Utility in]poses balancing fee Yes-16 Program offers specific low-income Yes-7 customer protection Customer billing options(**) Utility-19 How often can customer switch suppliers Anytime-3 Customer education by(**) Utility-24 Formal mechanism to recover stranded costs Yes-13 Do you recover program administrative costs?