change the channel

change the channel

1. Literally, to switch from one television station (or "channel") to another. Never change the channel during the game! We might miss something! I'm not really paying attention to that show, so feel free to change the channel.
2. slang To introduce a different topic of discussion, usually intentionally. I changed the channel after that last remark made Jeff and Bill visibly tense.
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change the channel

Sl. to switch to some other topic of conversation. Just a minute. I think you changed the channel. Let's go back to the part about you owing me money. Let's change the channel here before there is a fight.
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change the channel

tv. to switch to some other topic of conversation. Let’s change the channel here before there is a fight.
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For one Saturday night only, we'd like to go back to rushing to make a cup of tea during the adverts, setting the video to tape the other side and getting off your seat to change the channel.
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25 ( ANI ): A sports channel has reportedly introduced magic horns that automatically change the channel to BeIN ahead of the FIFA World Cup that starts this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The launch of the satelite will not only change the channel numbers line up but will also allow future channel growth.
wife not to change the channel or he would break her arm, but she did not
But, every time stories are broadcast I am forced to change the channel.
Softkinetic Vice President of Marketing, Virgile Delporte, said 3-D gesturing can be used to change the channel on a TV without a remote, display interactive advertisements, and even help someone rehabilitate a serious injury.
There are plenty of televisions around the place to watch whatever sport you're into, and they're always happy to change the channel if you ask.
With Queen Latifah emceeing, lman and Palma Lakshmi serving as co-hosts and homage being paid to Bill Clinton, we doubt you'll change the channel on this.
It's OK to be boy-crazy, but know when to change the channel.
Jangling key chains and ringing telephones could inadvertently change the channel.
The day we do not provide what we have promised, the viewer will change the channel.
Or, they were grazing for poker and just were too stunned to change the channel upon another sighting of Beano Cook.