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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, 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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In the next 20 years the automotive sector will change beyond all recognition and battery innovation will play a key role in developing greener, more reliable vehicles.
And while the high street appears to be in terminal decline - or set to change beyond all recognition - we're more dependent than ever on couriers to deliver the stuff we order online.
The research whitepaper, "e-procurement in Maritime; 2021 and Beyond", showed that while maritime e-procurement is currently at an embryonic level in terms of its evolution - scoring "two out of 10" - over one third of those surveyed believe the market will change beyond all recognition in the next five years, driven by developments in advanced technology and applications.
Damaging it can cause it to change beyond all recognition."
Clearly, you don't need to be a social historian to grasp how a district can change beyond all recognition down the years.
The Middle East's scene for technology channel players is about to change beyond all recognition. The future is already visible.
Colin Greaves, operations director at the Newcastle, said: "Earle has been part of the Newcastle for more than four decades, and has seen the way we work change beyond all recognition during that time.
Colin Greaves, operations director at the Newcastle, said: "Earle has been part of the Newcastle for more than four decades and has seen the way we work change beyond all recognition during that time.
It was a brave admission and so too is her determination to spend more time with a father she knows will change beyond all recognition. A man who will become irascible, unfocused, unkempt and scared as his grasp on reality slips steadily out of control.
His day-to-day life is about to change beyond all recognition as sponsors clamour to sign him up on the back of his gold medal successes.
Local councillor Dave Radcliffe is backing the scheme, which he said would "change beyond all recognition" two derelict sites.
As a farmer who also runs a caravan site, he's seen agriculture change beyond all recognition since the 1940s.
But a look at the next six years sees a host of exciting plans for Cardiff that will see it change beyond all recognition.
Commit everything to memory, maybe take a few snapshots for the album, because there's a strong possibility that the view is about to change beyond all recognition.
MOST women change beyond all recognition when they give birth to their first child.