change the subject


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change the subject

To introduce a different topic of discussion, usually intentionally. I changed the subject after that last remark made Jeff and Bill visibly tense. Don't try to change the subject—I know one of you kids dented my car!
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change the subject

to begin talking about something different. They changed the subject suddenly when the person whom they had been discussing entered the room. We'll change the subject if we are embarrassing you.
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change the subject

Deliberately talk about another topic, as in If someone asks you an embarrassing question, just change the subject. This term uses subject in the sense of "a topic of conversation," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
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But it is all based on an illogical premise that becomes apparent if you change the subject from communication to consumer goods.
Say it firmly so they know you mean it and then change the subject.
We tell her she needs to talk to someone, but she says she is fine and tries to change the subject.
MARRIAGE has come up a few times in chats with my girlfriend and so far I've managed to change the subject.
When we went swimming I saw a bald patch but when I mentioned it to her she got so wound-up I had to change the subject.
One can't help suspect that our leaders sense they've gotten nowhere at all in the war against terrorism, and are eager to change the subject.
Everyone involved accepted their lumps and sheepishly tried to change the subject.