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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.
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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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On July 16, 2004, BSX announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 85,000 Taxus systems as well as 11,000 Express2 (a nondrug-eluting coronary stent) systems due to catheter delivery system characteristics that may have the potential to impede balloon deflation during stent placement.
NHSTA said BMW is recalling 1,318 of its 2002 model 5 Series manufactured with standard suspensions in September and October because of a problem with the tire mounting process that could cut the outer sidewall surface of some tires.
BFNT and NHTSA on February 26 jointly announced that the tire manufacturer was voluntarily recalling approximately 490,000 Firestone Steeltex LT265/75R16 Load Range D light truck tires which were produced at the Joliette plant in Quebec, Canada.
WASHINGTON - Fisher-Price is recalling about 569,000 portable bassinets because their folding frames can injure the fingers of children and adults.
BFNT) announced today that it is recalling 490,000 Steeltex tires (LT265/75R16 Load Range D) tires which were made in Canada for use on Ford Excursion vehicles manufactured in 2000-2002 and for some 2003 models.
said Thursday that it was pulling the plug on its first-generation electric vehicles, recalling about 900 cars and trucks because they could catch fire while being recharged.
announced today it is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of its Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce and Spread sold under the Classico(R) brand in the United States.
The company is recalling 4,080 cans of Old El Paso Traditional Variety Refried Beans in six states (Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that can cause Botulism.
It's hard to figure out what the real motives are here when the reasons cited by opponents for recalling Zeanah keep changing.
Thousand Oaks has been my family's home for more than 12 years, and the recent debacle surrounding attempts at recalling Elois Zeanah have caused more damage to our community than anything imaginable.
In the interest of public safety, Firestone is recalling the full production of both weeks to capture any of the 890 tires that may contain the condition.
The coverage offers repayment of expenses directly related to the costs of recalling a product because of the possibility of imminent bodily injury or property damage as a result of accidental defects caused by ingredients; the manufacturing process; design or raw material; malicious or intentional product tampering or adulteration.