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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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It centres around the relationship between Jack, played by Line of Duty star Gregory Piper, and his mother Sarah (Esther Stanford) whose lives change beyond recognition when Lauren (Rebecca Fuller) enters the scene.
She's seen two world wars, watched women get the vote and seen the country change beyond recognition from her childhood at the very beginning of the 20th century.
Lives can change beyond recognition after the loss of a partner, or even a parent.
Prof Selley, from Imperial College London, said: "I have been able to map how British viticulture could change beyond recognition in the coming years.
Prof Selley, from Imperial College's Department of Earth Science and Engineering, said: "With models suggesting the average annual summer temperature in the south of England could increase by up to 5C by 2080, I have been able to map how British wine-growing could change beyond recognition in the coming years."
Whichever party wins the next General Election, local democracy is set to change beyond recognition.
"The dramatic changes taking place will mean some images on show may change beyond recognition in the coming years."
Global warming has become such a problem that the Scottish winter will soon change beyond recognition.
Despite being an industrial area, the trendy waterfront community has seen much development over the past few years, and residents were fearful that the neighborhood would soon change beyond recognition.
"There have been so many new applications approved for this area that it will change beyond recognition."
In 1999, building began on an ambitious development that has seen the face of the vast area (15 minutes from central London) change beyond recognition.
Art changes, and it may change beyond recognition. But just because art changes doesn't mean that it has gotten better, or, as we like to say, that it has somehow evolved.
Over the years they have seen their role change beyond recognition as a result of the merciless changes brought about by the respective governments.
Thoughts are that as advances in science and technology continue, career paths really will change beyond recognition in the future.
Prof Richard Selley, of Imperial College London and author of The Winelands of Britain - Past, Present and Prospective, said: "Winegrowing could change beyond recognition. And grapes that now thrive in the South-East of England could be limited to cooler slopes of Snowdonia and the Peak District."