Put the genie back in the bottle

Meaning(s)

1. try to reverse or suppress something when it is already too late to do so

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It's too late. You can't put the genie back in the bottle.

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The idiom to 'put the genie back in the bottle' is used to describe attempting to reverse or stop something that is already in motion when the harm has already been done. This idiom. is used solely in the negative to indicate the impossibility of such an attempt. 

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  1. Due to advances in technology, more and more children prefer to be inside on a device rather than outdoors playing. Despite the risks of a sedentary lifestyle, there's no way to put the genie back in the bottle now.
  2. Everyone already knows about my affair, I might as well come clean. It's too late to put the genie back in the bottle.

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  1. We should never have agreed to those terms when we signed the deal, but it's too late to put that genie back in the bottle.
  2. We need to mitigate the knock-on effects of this terrible decision. It's too late to put the genie back in the bottle.

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