point of no return

noun phrase

Definition of point of no return

1 : the point in the flight of an aircraft beyond which the remaining fuel will be insufficient for a return to the starting point with the result that the craft must proceed
2 : a critical point at which turning back or reversal is not possible

First Known Use of point of no return

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of point of no return was in 1941

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“Point of no return.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20of%20no%20return. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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point of no return

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English Language Learners Definition of point of no return

: the time when it becomes no longer possible for you to make a different decision or to return to an earlier place or state

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