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.
See also: change, stripe
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Let's hope the FA strikes a blow for the common fan by knocking back Hull City's bid to change their stripes.
And why do these tigers try to change their stripes according to where they live?
But the socialists began to change their stripes in the late 1970s, rallying around the concept of nuclear dissuasion as a guarantee of national independence and beginning to distance themselves from America.
Now, judging from their performance in the playoffs, if only they change their stripes.
What Howard carefully chooses to ignore, however, is that the Tigers never change their stripes and Leicester players invariably infringe when they get around their own 22 rather than concede tries to their opponents.
Fishy stocks may change their stripes, but still have that same characteristic smell.
But this has proven to be as phony as the very same deceptions used by Communists like Nasser in Egypt, Sukarno in Indonesia, Josip Broz Tito in Yugoslavia, Romulo Betancourt in Venezuela, and dozens of other Reds who at various times found it expedient to temporarily change their stripes.
Q: Will HMOs have to change their stripes and modify their behavior?
Some viewers at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival griped that Troche's film suggests that gay men and lesbians can change their stripes.