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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.
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He dismissed any threat from Sidhu, billed to change stripes
from the BJP to the AAP.
TIGER CAN'T CHANGE STRIPES
: This was meant to mark Woods' Major comeback, but his swing looked as wonky as a drunken giraffe on stilts.
Now the Real Struggle Begins for Egypt [Guardian] Mubarak Loyalists Change Stripes
To Fit Into the New Egypt [WP] Now What?
Horowitz's solution is to change stripes
and adopt a traditional liberal tactic: Bring in big government.