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on a (subject or activity) kick

Experiencing a particularly intense and constant enthusiasm for some subject or activity. Jim's been on a real cycling kick ever since he bought that new bike. I'm on a bit of a politics kick at the moment, but I reckon it will die down once the election season is over.
See also: kick, on

change the subject

to begin talking about something different. They changed the subject suddenly when the person whom they had been discussing entered the room. We'll change the subject if we are embarrassing you.
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Drop the subject!

 and Drop it!
Fig. Do not discuss it further! Bill: Sally, you're gaining a little weight. I thought you were on a diet. Sally: That's enough! Drop the subject! Bill: That house is a mess. I wonder who lives there. Mary: That's my aunt's house. Just what did you want to know about it? Bill: Oh, drop it! Sorry I asked.
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off the subject

not concerned with the subject being discussed. I got off the subject and forgot what I was supposed to be talking about. The speaker was off the subject, telling about his vacation in Hawaii.
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subject someone or something to something

to cause someone to endure someone or something. I didn't mean to subject you to Uncle Harry. I am sorry I have to subject you to all this questioning.
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subject to something

likely to have something, such as a physical disorder, The sick man was subject to dizzy spells. I am subject to frequent headaches.
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subject somebody/something to something

to cause someone or something to experience something How do you feel about subjecting people to random drug testing? My daughter's only three, but I've already subjected her to all sorts of music, from bebop to hip-hop.
Usage notes: often said about experiencing something unpleasant: The company's accounts were subjected to close investigation.
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change the subject

Deliberately talk about another topic, as in If someone asks you an embarrassing question, just change the subject. This term uses subject in the sense of "a topic of conversation," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
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subject to, be

1. Be under the control or authority of, as in All citizens in this nation are subject to the law. [First half of 1300s]
2. Be prone or disposed to, as in This child has always been subject to colds. [Late 1300s]
3. Be likely to incur or receive, as in This memo is subject to misinterpretation. [Late 1300s]
4. Depend on, be likely to be affected by, as in Our vacation plans are subject to the boss's whims. [Early 1800s]
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subject to

v.
To cause someone to undergo or experience something: The commander subjected the troops to daily inspections. The oil platform was subjected to extreme weather.
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Washington(44) The Supreme Court held that International Shoe, which employed salesmen in the State of Washington but which had no office or stock of goods in that state, could be subjected to Washington's unemployment insurance tax, overriding the taxpayer's claim that such an application of the tax violated the Due Process Clause.
Minnesota(49) held that a foreign corporation could be subjected to a tax on net income on the basis of its having actively solicited business within the taxing state, even though those activities were exclusively undertaken in furtherance of interstate commerce.
As an umbrella category, the "property" cases encompass instances where foreign corporations have been subjected to tax on the basis of having property located within the taxing state.
61) The importance of American Refrigerator Transit lies not only in the court's lenient approach toward the assertion of state tax jurisdiction, but also in the general affirmation of the principle that a foreign corporation may be subjected to taxation by a state on the basis of property over which the corporation has exhibited little or no control.
Such a dual approach was utilized in American Refrigerator Transit and will most likely continue to be utilized in jurisdictions where market exploitation is recognized as a viable theory under which foreign corporations can be subjected to tax.
Carson(80) and its progeny involve attribution of presence nexus between independent contractors operating within the taxing state and the foreign corporation subjected to tax, our primary concern here is with attribution between related entities because of their relationship.
If it is available, the nonduplication rule applies to the amount subjected to FICA ("taken into account") and its related interest.
The Department further held that the company's backhauling activities unrelated to product delivery, which produce 4% of the company's total revenues earned in New York, were not de minimis and subjected the company to New York corporate franchise tax.
Therefore, under these circumstances, this hypothetical business could be subjected to multistate sales, use and/or income taxation solely or partly as a result of its use of the Internet.