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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.
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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.
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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]
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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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In addition to permitting users to send recallable, erasable, self-destructing emails and video emails, BigString's patent-pending technology allows emails and pictures to be rendered non-forwardable, non-printable and non-savable before or after the recipients read them, no matter what email service provider is used.
BigString Corporation's (OTCBB: BSGC) patent application for universal, recallable, erasable, secure and timed delivery email - has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.
At the Expo, we'll exhibit the first self-destructing, recallable, and changeable Email and Videos based on our revolutionary new technology.
Our campaign will address the unique features of our recallable, self-destructing email service, videos and other emerging applications based on our patent-pending technology.
BigString offers a unique email service that is fully recallable, erasable and self-destructing, even after an email has been sent or read.
50 per share, some of which are recallable based on early retirement of $6 million of the debt portion of the transaction.
If you sent an intimate e-mail or revealing photograph you can not only recall or modify it, but also eliminate the possibility of it being printed even before the erasable or recallable feature was used.
BigString's recallable and erasable email application gives all users control over how their email can be viewed.
Air Force NYTU030 08/03/2004 07:30 r f bc-NJ-Recall-email (SEA GIRT) Free Sampling of Service that Permits Recallable, Erasable E-Mail Offered by Bigstring.
While embarrassing love letters or revealing photographs can be removed from the recipient's permanent record by using the erasable or recallable features of BigString, they could have been printed before either was used.
In that capacity, he will lead the company's development and introduction of new product initiatives and existing product enhancements, all of which will be based on BigString's patent pending recallable, erasable, self-destructing email system and applications.
com, the first erasable, recallable e-mail service.
Rapid operational turnover of such a large number of channels can only be made possible by the instantly recallable System 5 layouts, snapshots and comprehensive patching network," adds Dewar.