alter beyond (all) recognition

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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.

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
References in classic literature ?
You will not touch the garden either; as to the yard, you may do what you please with it; I should prefer that being altered beyond all recognition.
Here, a collection of varied, small-scale buildings sandwiched between the topquality Crown and Grapes pubs, and with the irreplaceable Futurist cinema in its midst, is to be altered beyond all recognition by an oversized and utterly bland block.
But by the time this process is over, by the time Duff & Phelps' men have scanned the books and weighed up the liabilities, Rangers could be altered beyond all recognition.
It is not only cosmology that has been changed drastically by these discoveries but our view of the world and man's place in it has been altered beyond all recognition.
These stone relics are as much a part of our rural history as the tractors of yesteryear, but sadly, these beautiful buildings are often neglected or altered beyond all recognition.
Teaching has altered beyond all recognition - it's almost like walking on thin ice in your dealing with pupils.