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point of no return

noun [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: Russia, he said, had reached the point of no return on the road to reform and had to go forward. Scientists fear that global warming has gone beyond the point of no return.
Translations of “point of no return”
in Chinese (Traditional) 無退路的地步, 欲罷不能的地步…
in Chinese (Simplified) 无退路的地步, 欲罢不能的地步…
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