the toothpaste is out of the tube

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the toothpaste is out of the tube

To rescind information that has been shared or reverse an action that has been taken, especially that which is damaging or undesirable. How confident are you in this information? Because once we announce it, the toothpaste is out of the tube. The company has sought to make reparations for the harms its former CEO caused, but the toothpaste is out of the tube, as it were.
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