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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

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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By comparison with [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], at least, the sensitive part is indeed alterable.
But regardless of the label, it speaks to the importance of approaching time-critical projects with an attitude that "building Rome in a day" is possible-at least figuratively-if circumstances are alterable.
Once they have been completed for a given accounting period, these documents must not be alterable.
He draws attention to the distinction between formal and informal rules made by Douglass North; the former are more readily alterable than the latter.
Additionally, it was suggested that if RA is alterable, research could be conducted to explore and develop therapeutic interventions specifically fashioned for religious populations, which could improve the efficacy of its treatment with schizophrenic or schizotypal individuals.
In fact, the patient may have been providing a tumor-coddling milieu--one that is alterable.
In What's Wrong with the World (1910), Chesterton claimed that the popular aversion to evolutionism perceived the threat that such an intellectual shift entailed: "when one begins to think of man as a shifting and alterable thing, it is always easy for the strong and crafty to twist him into new shapes for all kinds of unnatural purposes" (What's Wrong 259).
Considering that it only has relevance to humans, it would appear to be a purely anthropocentric notion, a construction that, if alterable by the mind, must spring from the mind.
In addition to the serious practical and legal implications of poorly designed and executed FBA procedures, our nation is losing a critical mass of educators due to behavioral issues in the classroom within a potentially alterable reality.
The assumption that effects are reached by changes in mediators presupposes that the mediator actually is alterable.
Patent Office address a lighting device comprised of an array of LEDs that operate in spot-light and flood-light modes of illumination, or in a spot-light/flood-light combined mode, with alterable intensity levels, controlled by an electrical power system and electrical sensor operation.
Although both models involve a focus on instructional and alterable variables, as exemplified by the problem-solving orientation principle, the protocols differ in what type of intervention is indicated for students who make less than adequate progress.
The digital images needed to be alterable so that missing information (such as signatures, dates, or notes) could be added to complete the record.
the signature is not alterable, because any alteration of the content of the document results in the fact that the signature cannot be validated with the public key of the releaser;
1) Our experience of using objects is situated in an elusive, subliminal, fluid and alterable territory that evades precise definition or classification.