Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

alter ego

1. Another name or identity that one assumes. He's a clean-cut accountant during the week, but on the weekend he indulges in hedonistic pursuits as his alter ego "Jack."
2. A separate or different aspect or element of one's personality, identity, or psyche. For such a quiet woman, she has a rage and temper at times that is like some alter ego.
3. A close, inseparable friend of very similar attitudes and interests. My girlfriend and I are so similar, we are like each other's alter ego.
4. A person who acts as a substitute for or copy of another person; a doppelgänger. Due to his increasingly failing health, the dictator's son has been running the country for the past month, essentially as his alter ego.
See also: alter, ego

circumstances alter cases

Unique circumstances can spur unconventional action. I know offering such a big refund isn't protocol, but it's for the CEO's grandmother, and circumstances alter cases.
See also: alter, case, circumstance

Circumstances alter cases.

Prov. In unusual situations, people are allowed to do unusual things. Cashier: I'm sorry, this store does not accept personal checks. Customer: But I need this medicine, and I don't have any cash. I've shopped at this store for fifteen years. Surely you can trust me this once. Cashier: Well, all right. Circumstances alter cases.
See also: alter, case, Circumstance

change, alter, etc. beyond/out of (all) recogˈnition

change, etc. such a lot that people do not recognize you, it, etc: I went back to Birmingham after 20 years and it had changed beyond all recognition.She had changed beyond all recognition since I last saw her.
See also: beyond, of, out, recognition
References in periodicals archive ?
It should be pointed out that the same signaling systems (AC cAMP) involved in the sexselective changes in brain development have also been shown to alter heart and liver function in adulthood (Meyer et al.
14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Alter Agents, a newly evolved market research company originating from the Dialogue research firm, today announced the launch of its new brand.
Before starting her own company in 1992, Brier Alter held positions at F.
As it turns out, with the help of the English translations (whose) page numbers Alter references), there are only a few significant sections that the non-German speaking reader cannot follow (particularly the exegesis at the end of chapter two) A bigger source of frustration is that Alter constantly uses German words instead of their English equivalents.
The foregoing authorities amply illustrate that the distinction between agency theories and alter ego theories is often a finely drawn one -- one that may not be critical to the jurisdictional analysis in a particular case.
We're delighted to be partnering with Alter Eco, as the company is a standout in the natural foods industry with their commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing," said Wes Selke, Investment Manager at Good Capital.
Alter qualified for an investment tax credit in the amount of $55,500, which was limited to 1 percent of the qualifying investment because the project was already completed at the time of the award.
Federal courts generally look to state law to determine whether an entity is a taxpayer's alter ego.
Louis Perez, project manager for Alter Steel, said the challenges this project presented "were the large size of the windows (8' to 9' tall), the historic sensitivity of the building, and some unique installation obstacles.
So far, proponents of HAARP have concentrated solely on its defensive and tactical military applications, but one patent speculates that the device would be able to alter "upper-atmosphere wind patterns.
Other people might object to sexoids for more humane reasons: they may insist that humans have no right to genetically alter humans or other animals, or they may feel that spiritual, romantic love and sex should be inseparable.
Coming off of their recent Master Chocolatier Awards, Alter Eco is delighted to continue creating award-winning chocolates for chocolate lovers, health enthusiasts, environmentalists, and individuals with a taste for organic and fairly traded products.
122 and the Clit Club and garnering particular praise for Alter Ergo, first seen in Exit Art's 1997 showcase of emerging performance artists, "Terra Bomba.
01 million was an extension of their upgrade investment strategy, said Vice President Michael Alter.
Now Kumar and other scientists say they've found a solution: Alter the genetic makeup of certain animals so their organs can be transplanted into humans.