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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 unfamiliar or unrecognizable. I wouldn't have recognized that girl 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 unfamiliar or unrecognizable. I wouldn't have recognized that girl 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 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 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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Books can include pop ups, niches and 3D objects - the world really is your oyster with altered book art and the only limit is your imagination.
The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between the unusual experiences factor of boundaries and positive urge to drink, and whether altered state of awareness mediated (i.
Altered books by well-known artists now fetch several times what they used to garner just a few years ago.
Noncholinesterase mechanisms of chlorpyrifos neurotoxicity: altered phosphorylation of [Ca.
But by loosely jumbling drugs with a wide variety of altered states--hypnosis, sleep, madness, perceptual illusion--the show seems muddled from the onset.
Aspects of the music that accompanies the reaching altered states throughout the world will be of the most interest to the music therapist.
40) The process used "should be able to demonstrate: who took the picture and when, where and how the image was stored, who had access to the image from the time it was taken through the time it is introduced in court, and any details on whether or not the image has been altered and how.
The idea of an altered mental state forced on a citizen against his or her will haunts our culture; the popularity of novels like 1984 and Brave New World, not to mention films like Jacob's Ladder and The Matrix, testify to this recurrent fear.
Genetically altered plants are now ubiquitous in the United States, accounting for 68 percent of this year's soybean crop and 69 percent of cotton.
soybean crop, 4% of potatoes and 25% of corn crops were genetically altered planings, according to the U.
Genetically altered corn-farming would force farmers to abandon their traditions, critics claim.
YES Corn that is genetically modified to include a natural insecticide, cotton engineered to tolerate herbicides--if you've been reading about genetically altered crops, you may be asking yourself, "Why do we need this stuff?
Americans may recognize that genetically altered food is nothing unusual.
As Michael Pollan reports in a recent New York Times Magazine, this potato, the New Leaf Russet Burbank, has been genetically altered to include.
Altered photos get a similar icon, only this one has a slash through it.