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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

change the ˈsubject

start to talk about something different, especially because what was being discussed was embarrassing or difficult to talk about: I don’t like talking about the war. Can’t we change the subject?
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When I finally got enough guts to do it, I blurted out, "Sandy likes you!" Maxwell blushed, and I changed the subject really fast.
When I asked the nurses where he was, they said "Don't worry" and changed the subject. I don't think he made it through the operation, and that was the only time I felt sad while I was in the hospital.
When I last saw him at his home a few weeks ago and asked him how he was, he just said "not good" and changed the subject. I thought that typical of him, self-pity not being on his agenda.
The Celtic legend was clearly taken aback when presenter Steve Scott changed the subject away from the internationasls and fired a last-gasp question.
Faced with such uncomfortable facts, War on Poverty proponents changed the subject, emphasizing the noble intentions of the effort or arguing that, in its absence, the situation would have been even worse.
When Humphries' inner circle confronted him about the footage, he reportedly refused to answer any questions and changed the subject. ( ANI )