alter beyond (all) recognition

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alter beyond (all) recognition

To change so much or so dramatically as to now be unfamiliar or unrecognizable. She had shown me some early drafts, but her final copy was really altered beyond all recognition.

change, alter, etc. beyond/out of (all) recogˈnition

change, etc. such a lot that people do not recognize you, it, etc: I went back to Birmingham after 20 years and it had changed beyond all recognition.She had changed beyond all recognition since I last saw her.
See also: beyond, of, out, recognition
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We have seen parts of the NHS in the city alter beyond recognition, and this pace of change shows no sign of slowing.
Once it took 10 or 20 years for things to alter beyond recognition, whereas now a couple of years is a long time in the motor industry.
Once it took ten or 20 years for things to alter beyond recognition, whereas now a couple of years is a long time in the motor industry.