Definition Beyond one's control

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Definition

(This malfunction was) beyond my control: (This malfunction was) not something I had power over, outside my influence
idiom
I'm sorry, the hiring of staff is beyond my control because I am just the janitor.

beyond: after, over, past; exceeding, surpassing
preposition
Susie's performance is beyond Bruno's expectations, so he has decided to promote her.

Examples

  • "Due to circumstances beyond our control, the meeting in Hong Kong has been brought forward by 1 day."
  • "I am directly responsible for all of our production, and this error reflects very poorly on me, regardless of the fact that this mistake was clearly beyond my control."

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