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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Every day could be the day our life changes beyond recognition, or it could be just any other Saturday.
What should be captured and documented before it disappears or changes beyond recognition?" The response came like an avalanche.
In July this year I am hoping to revisit our "alma mater" before it changes beyond recognition.