shift (one's) ground

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shift (one's) ground

To adopt a different viewpoint or opinion. I was shocked when Liz suddenly shifted her ground and started seeing things as I did.
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shift one's ground

Fig. to change one's opinions or arguments, often without being challenged or opposed. At first Jack and I were on opposite sides, but he suddenly shifted ground and started agreeing with me. Jim has very fixed views. You won't find him shifting his ground.
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shift your ground

say or write something that contradicts something you have previously written or said.
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shift your ˈground

(usually disapproving) change your opinion or position, especially during an argument or a discussion: He’s shifted his ground on many major policy issues. OPPOSITE: stand fast/firm
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Yes, Blair did shift his ground in saying, contrary to a previous TV interview, that he would not have thought it right to remove Saddam Hussein even had he known there were no weapons of mass destruction inside Iraq.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Dr Richard Wyn Jones, director of the Institute of Welsh Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Mr Hain hinted he may shift his ground over the way AMs are elected.
The first inkling that Mr Brown was preparing to shift his ground came on Monday, when it emerged he was not returning journalists' calls about his voting intentions.