change (one's) stripes

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change (one's) stripes

To radically or fundamentally shift one's opinion, ideology, or allegiance, especially in relation to politics. Derived from the phrase "a tiger cannot change its stripes," meaning that people are incapable of changing their essential nature. The former president has changed her stripes regarding social welfare since leaving office.
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change one's stripes

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He dismissed any threat from Sidhu, billed to change stripes from the BJP to the AAP.
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Horowitz's solution is to change stripes and adopt a traditional liberal tactic: Bring in big government.