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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"For the main carer it can become intolerable as the person you love changes beyond all recognition. Looking after Joan required more and more of my time and energy leaving me isolated and stressed.
As Ireland changes beyond all recognition, so too does the manner in which our children cope with their anxieties.