I once read an idiom which means you can't undo the effects of having said something, but couldn't recollect it now.

I searched on google and also on stack exchange to find out but in vain.

Can you please tell me the idioms that have the meaning as mentioned above?


Sounds like you found the one you were looking for, but there are a number of other English idioms that also might work, depending on how exactly you are using them:

  • "You can't unring a bell" (or perhaps "you can't unring that bell")
  • "You can't unscramble an egg"
  • Saying something you later regret is "putting your foot in your mouth"
  • "Closing the barn door after the horse has bolted" is doing something too late.
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    A couple of others: "You can't put the cat back in the bag", and "You can't put the genie back in the bottle." – G Tony Jacobs Jun 14 '17 at 19:35

The idiom that I was looking for is A word spoken is past recalling

  • Once you have said something, you can't 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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Crossing the Rubicon?? Julius Caesar's return to Rome

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    Can you give a few more details, such as an example of how you would use this. – James K May 18 '19 at 21:42
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    Hi @Shelly. Welcome to English Language Learners and thanks for your answer. Your answer was flagged by the system because it is so short. Just so you're aware, this community values well thought out answers that help the learner to understand how to use English better. Your answer is at risk of being voted down. I would suggest that you explain more about how 'Crossing the Rubicon' answer's the question. What happened when Julius Ceaser returned to Rome, etc. Remember that questioners don't necessarily have the same cultural background so something that seems obvious to you might not be. – dwilli May 20 '19 at 3:32

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