beyond retrieval

idiom

Definition of beyond retrieval

1 : not able to be brought back The old data is now beyond retrieval.
2 : not able to be corrected, cured, or saved The patient may be beyond retrieval. The situation is beyond retrieval.

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“Beyond retrieval.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beyond%20retrieval. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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