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convert from something (into something)

 and convert (from something) (in)to something
to change from one thing into another. We converted from oil to natural gas to heat our house. I had hoped he would convert from an impatient youth into a relaxed gentleman. He did not.
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convert someone or something (from something) (into something)

to change someone or something from something into something else. Can we convert you from a meat eater into a vegetarian? Would you be willing to convert your oil furnace to a gas one?

preach to the choir

 and preach to the converted
Fig. to make one's case primarily to one's supporters; to make one's case only to those people who are present or who are already friendly to the issues. There is no need to convince us of the value of hard work. We already know that. You are just preaching to the choir. Don't waste your time telling us about the problem. That's preaching to the choir. Bob found himself preaching to the converted when he was telling Jane the advantages of living in the suburbs. She already hates city life.
See also: choir, preach

preach to the choir

to talk about something with a group of people who already agree with you preach to the converted I realized that all I was doing was preaching to the choir - the men who really need to hear about this don't come to these groups.
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preach to the converted

to talk about something with a group of people who already agree with you preach to the choir Many websites seem to only preach to the converted, but others attract all sorts of people.
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preach to the converted

to try to persuade people to believe things they already believe (usually in continuous tenses) There's no need to tell us about the benefits of recycling. You're preaching to the converted.
See also: convert, preach

preach to the converted

Try to convince someone who is already convinced, as in Why tell me smoking is bad when I gave it up years ago? You're preaching to the converted. [Mid-1800s]
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Nazareth Bank and Trust converted in February 2004 and Keystone Bank converted the following month.
Included are numerous examples to illustrate how to handle code that cannot be converted directly, such as facilities that do not map exactly to .
Just last week, the MTA board approved the purchase of 100 new ethanol engines to replace some of the converted ones that have continued to fail.
To take advantage of this strategy, the converted organization must not be otherwise required to file a consolidated return.
An early morning blaze in an illegally converted garage killed a grandmother and her two young granddaughters Wednesday despite the woman's heroic efforts to save the children.
Conversion of either the Series 3 or Series 4 Shares may be effected by providing written notice to Computershare Trust Company of Canada (the "Transfer Agent") in the form of the conversion panel on the back of the certificates or a facsimile thereof acceptable to the Transfer Agent, accompanied by the certificate(s) representing the Series 3 or Series 4 Shares the holder desires to have converted, between January 10, 2006 and February 10, 2006.
Example 1: In 1998, R converted her $50,000 deductible traditional IRA to a Roth IRA.
Each holder of 5 1/4 percent debentures has the right to convert his 5 1/4 percent debentures into shares of the company's common stock at the conversion price of $23 per share, provided that such holder, as required, pays to the company at the time of conversion, additional cash in an amount equal to the principal amount of the 5 1/4 percent debentures then being converted, for which such holder will receive an additional number of shares of common stock equal to the number issuable upon conversion.
The outstanding principle and interest may be converted at any time at the holder's option into common shares of the Company at a conversion price of $16.
1, 1999, 11 European Union (EU) countries converted their currencies (legacy currencies) to the euro.
The buses can be converted from ethanol back to methanol simply by reprogramming their electronic systems.
These enter into the EPS calculation through the "if-converted" method whereby the securities are assumed converted and an earnings per incremental share is computed.
Once converted into biodiesel fuel, the announced 23.
Converted from: Traditionally designed as fabricated steel tube and plastic.
Sayers, were of the Anglican persuasion, but the majority were converted to Roman Catholicism.