change beyond (all) recognition

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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
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Many things she told us really rang a bell with us, some things have changed beyond recognition. She was warmly thanked by Sue Wilson.
Terminator Genisys Channel 4, 10.05pm A soldier fighting in a post-apocalyptic war against living machines is sent back in time to prevent an attempt to change the past - but when he arrives, he finds that history has been changed beyond recognition - and that a plot is being hatched by an unexpected enemy to destroy the future of the human race.
The book is an affectionate, at times hard-hitting, and evocative portrait of life in a city that has changed beyond recognition.
Wednesday TERMINATOR GENISYS FILM4, 9PM A soldier fighting in a post-apocalyptic war against living machines is sent back in time to prevent an attempt to change the past - but when he arrives, he finds that history has been changed beyond recognition - and that a plot is being hatched by an unexpected enemy to destroy the future of the human race.
Ineffective councillors have allowed Dewsbury to be starved of its rightful share of investment and resources, and our area has been changed beyond recognition.
Members of the group agreed that the nine year exercise had proved both worthwhile and enjoyable and coordinator, Mike Jones added "We have produced DVDs on virtually all of the areas of the town that no longer exist, together with local institutions that have either disappeared or changed beyond recognition."
It was 1990 when the league title was last held aloft by the Anfield club and football has changed beyond recognition in the 28 years since.
Dubai: Has the gig economy changed beyond recognition? Does it really stand for the little guy anymore?
The area outside the city's main train station - Central Square - has been changed beyond recognition, a decade after John Lewis and the St David's Shopping Centre transformed The Hayes and Mill Lane a stone's throw away.
Even since Ofcom began gathering data on digital media usage in 2005, our relationship with the digital mediums available has changed beyond recognition. Our access to digital media is now practically unlimited, with a wealth of devices and platforms now allowing us to have constant access to digital media.
In the quarter-century since the Elton John Aids Foundation was established, the global Aids fight has changed beyond recognition. Yet tolerance and courage have never been more important in the fight.
He said his previous constituency where he tirelessly worked and rendered services to the people in the last five years, had been changed beyond recognition.
Our lives have changed beyond recognition and our hectic work schedules have made it difficult to make things work.
Each of the characters tries in a different way to keep their bearings in a world suddenly changed beyond recognition. Tragedy ensues, Mr Britling must wrestle with outrage, grief and attempts at rationalization as he 'sees it through'.
"Birmingham City University has facilities that rival anything in the television industry, is right in the centre of a city that has changed beyond recognition in recent years and offers the sort of contemporary education I would have killed for when I was a kid."