Definition of the point of no return in English:

the point of no return

phrase

  • The point in a journey or enterprise at which it becomes essential or more practical to continue to the end rather than turn back.

    • ‘Analysts claim that the Scottish Executive's own promises are themselves indicative of the problem which has brought North Sea fish stocks close to the point of no return.’
    • ‘The democratic activists are beyond the point of no return.’
    • ‘Given that, and your background and the work you are doing right now, some believe we're at the point of no return, or possibly quite close to it.’
    • ‘With climate changes now near the point of no return, big sections of the Artic and Antarctic ice floes are breaking off, drifting into the oceans and melting.’
    • ‘With the policies of pre-emption being much debated, perhaps it is unfashionable to bring up a crisis that is rapidly reaching the point of no return.’
    • ‘The world economy, it seems, has by now passed the point of no return, and we are set upon the road to a single integrated global economy, regardless of the wishes of governments and citizens.’
    • ‘This is the point of no return, where matter is sucked into the black hole itself, where the gravitational pull is so great that not even light can escape - giving the black hole its name.’
    • ‘More importantly, we have now passed the point of no return.’
    • ‘One of the biggest problems in American culture is our society's tendency to embrace youth and glamorize youth to the point of no return, in the same breath.’
    • ‘For thousands of African slaves this was the point of no return.’