change (one's) stripes

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change (one's) stripes

To radically or fundamentally shift one's opinion, ideology, or allegiance, especially in relation to politics. Derived from the phrase "a tiger cannot change its stripes," meaning that people are incapable of changing their essential nature. The former president has changed her stripes regarding social welfare since leaving office.
See also: change, stripe
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During an interview with POTUS radio, Pittenger said Iran made Hitler look like "a minor player," and the administration of US President Barack Obama was counting on the Islamic Republic to "change its stripes," when he should not, because "Hitler did not change his stripes.
Anybody who carries the common-sense gene knows that Putin doesn't change his stripes, she added.
Even so, Woods's reaction to that two-hole spell underlined he is going to find it very tough indeed to change his stripes.
Will Tiger bear down and change his stripes, or does he see himself more comfortable as a cheetah?
There have not been too many players who have swapped Sunderland for Newcastle, but Bracewell was happy to change his stripes after a meeting with Keegan at Gosforth Park.
The oppressors and the oppressed are all Russians together; and the world is brought once more face to face with the truth of the saying that the tiger cannot change his stripes.