- (idiomatic) Information has been released that will have ongoing consequences.
- It's been widely rumored the network was planning to cancel the show, but now the genie is out of the bottle and fans are furious.
- (idiomatic) Something has been brought into reality that cannot be eliminated or undone.
- I don't think there's any hope of repealing this city's silly parking bylaw. The genie is out of the bottle, sadly.