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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
References in classic literature ?
His eyes had not lost their old trick (so subtly noticed in Betteredge's NARRATIVE) of "looking as if they expected something more from you than you were aware of yourself." But, so far as dress can alter a man, the great Cuff was changed beyond all recognition. He wore a broad-brimmed white hat, a light shooting jacket, white trousers, and drab gaiters.
Family-owned Blackshaws of Alnwick and Morpeth has been established in the area for 10 decades, during which time the world has changed beyond all recognition and early automobiles have completely transformed into the technologically-advanced hybrid and electric vehicles we see today.
"Serco apologised unreservedly at the time, and we do so again The management and culture of Serco, and the transparency with which we conduct our affairs, have changed beyond all recognition, and we are pleased that this has been acknowledged by both the SFO and by the government."
Fellow co-leader Douglas Lumsden said: "The cultural offering in Aberdeen has changed beyond all recognition in recent years.
The retail landscape has changed beyond all recognition since those early days and even a shopping institution as well established as 'Marksies' has faced challenges in recent times.
"The last time England hosted the tournament, I was six months away from going on my first tour with the squad and white-ball cricket has changed beyond all recognition since then.
"The last time England hosted the tournament, I was s i x months away from going on my first tour with the squad and whiteball cricket has changed beyond all recognition since then.
David Austin, Chief Executive Officer at the BBFC, took to their website and said, "Over the last five years the way we consume film and video has changed beyond all recognition. That's why it's so important that there is consistency between what people watch on and offline.
The Ronan The job has changed beyond all recognition but, thankfully, the stories remain at its heart.
Life has changed beyond all recognition from the days when Everton's keeper took to social media to bemoan an outbreak of pimples, his appetite for piri piri chicken and the absence of Sky Sports in his bedroom.
"I've been in football a long time and, if that's a penalty, then the game has changed beyond all recognition. There's no way [Sakho] is looking to foul the player.
That has always been the way with Wranglers but the huge change is in the on-road manners, which have changed beyond all recognition and will help it's appeal to many more buyers.
Opinions span from utter outrage to surprisingly positive acceptance, many in the middle accept it is another concession to be made in a sport that has changed beyond all recognition in the last quarter of a century.
In the past decade, visitor expectations of shopping centres have changed beyond all recognition. Today, nearly half of all visitors report that the non-retail offer drives both the number and length of visits they make to shopping centres.