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alter ego

1. Another name or identity that one assumes. He's a clean-cut accountant during the week, but on the weekend he indulges in hedonistic pursuits as his alter ego "Jack."
2. A separate or different aspect or element of one's personality, identity, or psyche. For such a quiet woman, she has a rage and temper at times that is like some alter ego.
3. A close, inseparable friend of very similar attitudes and interests. My girlfriend and I are so similar, we are like each other's alter ego.
4. A person who acts as a substitute for or copy of another person; a doppelgänger. Due to his increasingly failing health, the dictator's son has been running the country for the past month, essentially as his alter ego.
See also: alter, ego

circumstances alter cases

Unique circumstances can spur unconventional action. I know offering such a big refund isn't protocol, but it's for the CEO's grandmother, and circumstances alter cases.
See also: alter, case, circumstance

change beyond (all) recognition

To change so much or so dramatically as to now be completely unfamiliar or unrecognizable. I wouldn't have recognized her if she hadn't introduced herself—she's really changed beyond all recognition since we were kids!

change out of (all) recognition

To change so much or so dramatically as to now be completely unfamiliar or unrecognizable. I wouldn't have recognized her if she hadn't introduced herself—she's really changed out of recognition since we were kids!
See also: change, of, out, recognition

alter beyond (all) recognition

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

alter out of (all) recognition

To change so much or so dramatically as to now be completely unfamiliar or unrecognizable. She had shown me some early drafts, but her final copy was really altered out of recognition.
See also: alter, of, out, recognition

Circumstances alter cases.

Prov. In unusual situations, people are allowed to do unusual things. Cashier: I'm sorry, this store does not accept personal checks. Customer: But I need this medicine, and I don't have any cash. I've shopped at this store for fifteen years. Surely you can trust me this once. Cashier: Well, all right. Circumstances alter cases.
See also: alter, case, Circumstance

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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* The policy purchase is not alterable even if your wealth changes or decreases in the future.
But regardless of the label, it speaks to the importance of approaching time-critical projects with an attitude that "building Rome in a day" is possible-at least figuratively-if circumstances are alterable. Furthermore, the potential to accomplish remarkable projects is more likely when everyone is on board with this philosophy.
The constitution is alterable, not by elected representatives, but by seven appointed judiciary.
Throughout my work, I have discussed Franz Rosenzweig's conception of liturgy as the lawful housing of our historically alterable narrations.
El mapa es abierto, conectable en todas sus dimensiones, desmontable, alterable, susceptible de recibir constantemente modificaciones.
Once they have been completed for a given accounting period, these documents must not be alterable.
The point to understand is that the future is neither absolutely pre-determined nor completely random and subjectively alterable. Pakistan is a deeply troubled state confronted by enormous challenges that can, however, be overcome with grim determination and rational leadership.
Additionally, it was suggested that if RA is alterable, research could be conducted to explore and develop therapeutic interventions specifically fashioned for religious populations, which could improve the efficacy of its treatment with schizophrenic or schizotypal individuals.
In this sense, risk factors can be classified as: inherent (the result of genetic or physical conditions that cannot be modified through changes in lifestyle, age, family history or sex), psychosocial (anxiety, educational level and incomes), physiological and psychophysiological (hypertension, cholesterol level in blood, cardiovascular reactivity to perceived stress, elevated heart rate), and behavioral (these are alterable, so they are those that indicate the individual's lifestyle: smoking, diet, physical inactivity) (M.A.
Alterable number L of these gaze points (horizontal and vertical coordinates [G.sub.H] and [G.sub.V]) are averaged and stored in the circular history buffer, in which values are memorized during 0.5s time interval.
In fact, the patient may have been providing a tumor-coddling milieu--one that is alterable. Thus, the answer lies in prevention and ultra-early detection.
Speaking of the differences, which she sees largely as a distinction between technique and ideology, Jestrovic writes as follows: "Verfremdung in theatre shows alienation (Entfremdung) as a matter of causality, as a historical and alterable situation, not as a human condition.
Otro diputado perredista al que tambien Lozano estaba provocando con su actitud, le palmeo con toda fuerza en el atril; ya que Lozano calma su alterable paciencia contestado mensajitos en su celular, situacion que saco de quicio al orador, perdon al insultador en turno.
In addition, all filter parameters and component values are user alterable. Amplitude and phase responses as well as a BOM are given.