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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.

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

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

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

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

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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Women who reported only religious alters were significantly less informed about HIV than other female participants.
The first work they created was originally a poetry book that was re-titled "The Book of Altered Poetry and Art."
To establish an ADA claim a student-athlete must show: he has a disability, the defendant is subject to the ADA, and that he was denied the opportunity to participate in or benefit from services or accommodations on the basis of his disability and that reasonable accommodations could be made that do not fundamentally alter the nature of the defendant's services or accommodations.
Exposure to very low doses of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) during fetal life permanently alters brain development and behavior in animals and humans.
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These solicitations are anticipated to stimulate research directed toward the understanding of the role of epigenetic modulation of gene expression in a variety of diseases and dysfunctions and the modulation of epigenetic regulation by environmental chemicals either alone or in combination with altered nutrition.
Some people consider the hallucinations and altered thinking of schizophrenia as akin to mystical visions.
There, it binds retinoic acid receptor beta, which, in turn, alters the expression of genes that may play a role in tumor formation.
Ethylene sets off a chemical cascade inside plant cells that alters genetic activity, says Joseph J.
Dioxin alters multiple endocrine systems, and its effects on the developing breast involve delayed proliferation and differentiation of the mammary gland, as well as an elongation of the window of sensitivity to potential carcinogens.
Animal studies have suggested that chlorine ingestion alters the body's handling of cholesterol and fats.
To determine if exposure to estrogenic compounds alters the extent of apoptosis that occurs during development, we assayed Xenopus embryos exposed to nonylphenol, octylphenol, methoxychlor, or [E.sub.2] at early gastrula stages for the number of TUNEL-stained cells in cranial, trunk, tail, and enteric regions (Figure 7).
Although these studies were undertaken in the adult animal, they may ultimately aid in furthering our understanding of some of the mechanisms by which developmental exposure to PCBs alters neuronal function.