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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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The digital signature has the following attributes: it is authentic, it cannot be forged, it is not reusable, it is not alterable and it is not reputable.
I always assume that architects, whose website text size is not alterable by users, labour under the delusion that they thereby retain control of things.
This is especially true of neuromuscular efficiency or the speed and accuracy with which neural information is sent and received along the brain/muscle pathway--which is not as alterable through training as the other constituents.
Text messaging has replaced the wistful letters of "A Time for Love" and the elegant calligraphy of "A Time for Freedom"--all is speed, media, and entropy in today's Taipei, every image alterable, every word (including Shu's broken English) depleted.
One issue I have with this approach is that it is difficult to tell which fields are alterable, and if a field is blank there is nothing next to the label until you click into the field space next to the label.
He essentially divided them into two categories: alterable predictors that educators, family, and community members have the power to change (school suspension policies, student's attendance patterns, accessibility of services) and status predictor variables that exceed the realm of influence among educators and families (home language, disability, poverty).
A la Suprema Corte la limita, la restringe, un texto constitucional rigido y dificilmente alterable.
To discuss yet another alterable factor that influences running economy, it's useful to further examine the swing phase.
You can never change the counterfeit, only the authentic is alterable.
Now, when more than 90% of business records are estimated to be in easily alterable digital formats that can have multiple iterations and views, and enterprise value is based on intangible assets, how can the auditor weigh the sufficiency and competence of such audit evidence?
We delineate the basic structure of composition, isolating thesis statements, transitional phrases, and introductory and concluding paragraphs, allowing students to see their work as moveable, alterable elements.
But we couldn't use them as we do, if they were alterable by us.
For example, Eggan and Kauchak (1999) stated "that students who adopt learning goals persist in the face of difficulty; attribute success to internal, alterable causes; take risks and accept academic challenges; and focus on personal mastery (p.
These unusual polymers, which are conducting rather than insulating, offer properties such as ion permeability and an alterable chemical structure that allows conductivity to be controlled, providing exciting possibilities for new applications.