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  ( genies    plural  )
1       n-count   In stories from Arabia and Persia, a genie is a spirit which appears and disappears by magic and obeys the person who controls it.  
2    If you say that the genie is out of the bottle or that someone has let the genie out of the bottle, you mean that something has happened which has made a great and permanent change in people's lives, especially a bad change.  
the genie is out of the bottle/let the genie out of the bottle      phrase   V inflects  
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