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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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He went outside to smoke and upon returning, he discovered that Elke had changed the channel.
Karen Wildish, 37, went berserk and attacked Michael Sheriff with the blade after he changed the channel without her permission.
Although he quickly changed the channel, the complainant believes it was much too early in the evening to show something that 10 years ago, would have been considered porn.
With the grace of the fan dancer, I changed the channel.
And many were people who had previously changed the channel to avoid anything horticultural.
Veron said: "The other night I followed the Coppa Italia game on television against AC Milan and after the defeat, I was so upset and I changed the channel.
There," the Reply says, "the cable operator had changed the channel on which the programming was carried without good reason, preempted leased access programming with other programming, refused to transmit more than one hour of programming a week without demonstrating that it had insufficient capacity after having agreed to provide access, and requiring the programmer to drop off its tapes at a far-away location.