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Meaning of “point of no return” in the English Dictionary

"point of no return" in British English

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point of no returnnoun [S]

uk   us  
the ​stage at which it is no ​longerpossible to ​stop what you are doing and when ​itseffects cannot now be ​avoided or ​prevented: Russia, he said, had reached the ​point of no ​return on the ​road to ​reform and had to go ​forward. Scientists ​fear that ​globalwarming has gone beyond the ​point of no ​return.
(Definition of point of no return from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"point of no return" in American English

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point of no returnnoun [C usually sing]

 us   /ˈpɔɪnt əv ˈnoʊ rɪˈtɜrn/
the ​stage in a ​process when it is too late to ​change what you are doing so that you must ​continue: Once the ​contract is ​signed, we’ve ​reached the point of no return.
(Definition of point of no return from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"point of no return" in Business English

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point of no returnnoun [S]

uk   us  
the ​stage at which it is no ​longer possible to ​stop what you are doing, and when its ​effects cannot now be ​avoided or prevented: In ​business you know that you may be ​passing the ​point of no ​return when you cannot ​pay your ​bills as they ​falldue.
(Definition of point of no return from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “point of no return”
in Chinese (Simplified) 无退路的地步, 欲罢不能的地步…
in Chinese (Traditional) 無退路的地步, 欲罷不能的地步…
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