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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

change beyond (all) recognition

To change so much or so dramatically as to now be unfamiliar or unrecognizable. I wouldn't have recognized that girl if she hadn't introduced herself—she's really changed beyond all recognition since we were kids!

change out of (all) recognition

To change so much or so dramatically as to now be unfamiliar or unrecognizable. I wouldn't have recognized that girl if she hadn't introduced herself—she's really changed out of recognition since we were kids!
See also: change, of, out, recognition

alter beyond (all) recognition

To change so much or so dramatically as to now be unfamiliar or unrecognizable. She had shown me some early drafts, but her final copy was really altered beyond all recognition.

alter out of (all) recognition

To change so much or so dramatically as to now be unfamiliar or unrecognizable. She had shown me some early drafts, but her final copy was really altered out of recognition.
See also: alter, of, out, recognition

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
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Detailed and specific studies were carried out in this clay, concerning particularly its alterability and its behaviour under conditions similar to those of a repository: temperature gradients, water flow and unsaturated conditions during the transient stage.
The genealogist understands the will-to-power that inscribes and incorporates preponderant dispositions and habits, but the genealogist also knows that there is a degree of contingency (and thus human agency) within processes of inscription and incorporation that hold out the promise of alterability (e.
Here is part of his answer: "Let us not forget that |iterability' does not signify simply, as Searle seems to think, repeatability of the same, but rather alterability of this same idealized in the singularity of the event, for instance, in this or that speech act" (LI 119).
Science had empowered and encouraged people to understand the alterability of their natural, physical surroundings; armed with technology, it seemed no obstacle was too great for man's ingenuity.
The Omneo P5Q PCM combines serial NOR flash memory and EEPROM technology benefits into one by delivering byte alterability, faster programming times and greater endurance.
Similarizing or becoming-similar is incipient, pre-incipient experience--Benjamin ties their origin to the moment of coming to be born, not of being born--of the unremarkable alterability of all that, as something, be it word or thing, begins, in perceiving, to submerge or emerge, to impress or express itself.
Phase change memory produces very fast read and write speeds at lower power than conventional NOR and NAND flash memory, and allows for bit alterability normally seen in RAM.
PCM is a promising new memory technology that provides very fast read and write speeds at lower power than conventional flash, and allows for bit alterability normally seen in RAM.