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
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"The character of the rest of the block has been altered beyond recognition from what it was during the historic period," he said.
King's Lane altered beyond recognition in the late 1920s, when the area was developed with semi-detached houses.
"Marilyn's life has been altered beyond recognition and her son and daughter-inlaw are still suffering from the effects of that day.
Once they are demolished, altered beyond recognition of their colorful past, they're gone forever, he said.
No, this one will touch down at Hampden at 7.45pm on Thursday and after it has wreaked 90 minutes of havoc our whole landscape will have been altered beyond recognition.
When this photo was taken in 1959, the house was more than 120 years old, though altered beyond recognition from its original Federal-style, single-family form circa 1830.
Protesters point out that acres of green fields will be lost forever and the complexion of the Royal Town altered beyond recognition. But few have given thought to the 43,000 homes which the best minds in the planning department believe they can squeeze into Birmingham's urban built-up area.
The whole world of communications has altered beyond recognition. Today, stories and images arrive at the speed of light and few would even recognise a typewriter or believe that we had to ship out ballpoint pens and notebooks so that some of our correspondents could write their stories in longhand.
Education in Wales has altered beyond recognition in the 60 years since the coronation.
But five months later, the Irish League landscape, and Linfield's fortunes, have been altered beyond recognition.
Failure over the years to take action to protect the conservation area means that many of the 440 early- 20th century workers' homes have been altered beyond recognition, city planning committee chairman Peter Douglas Osborn admitted.
But if chemicals can help someone specifically forget painful or traumatic memories, it may be irrelevant whether the memories are entirely erased or are just altered beyond recognition, Eichenbaum adds.
And that goes some distance toward explaining how this artist's practice has remained viable for four decades, demonstrating critical promise, even as the cultural context in which he worked--and continues to work--has altered beyond recognition. His reply to Sontag's paraphrase of Benjamin: "If 'esprit de escalier' means what one would have liked to have said, what is the wit of the escalator?"
Oz abolished its decades-old protectionist media laws in October and, although the new laws don't come into effect until the New Year, the media landscape is already altered beyond recognition.