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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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Literally, watching Netflix is as easy as changing the channel.
Brian said: If these thoughts are distracting you at school, then try focusing on a mental picture that is completely unrelated to sex - it has the effect of changing the channel in your head and it really works.
Now changing the channel leaves me with no access to the show unless I pay a fee and watching it on the Internet.
With tummies still full from turkey dinner and fresh resolutions to eat a balanced diet less than a week away, viewers would be forgiven for changing the channel as soon as the first clove of garlic is sliced.
I wasn't sure what channel had changed and where `America's Next Top Model' was so I just kept changing the channel until I found it,'' Patel said last week during a lunch break from her job at HealthNet in Woodland Hills.
WHEN I sat down to watch the opening episode of Mike Basset, Manager, I soon found myself changing the channel in disgust.
Indeed, curled up on their couches or squatting on their bar stools, they seem much more likely than Truman to go on passively accepting the reality presented to them on their video screens, simply changing the channel when a story is over.
Ideal for the business owner and marketer alike, Changing the Channel is the all-encompassing guide to creating, maintaining, and profiting from a multi-channel marketing campaign.
On today's non-scripted reality show otherwise known as Super Sunday, ABC and ESPN are all syngergized to do whatever is possible to keep viewers from changing the channel.
All these negative thoughts keep coming back, but I keep changing the channel and make the Lord (and not myself) the center of my thoughts.
Well, when dealing with the regular network schedule and the major networks, why can't the people who want to see the garbage be the ones changing the channel, such as to cable, instead of those who don't want to see it?
They have attention deficit disorder from TV and being able to change the entire world by changing the channel.
The AGC version has a unique AGC "learn" feature that enables the transmitter to be set quickly to the new optimal operating point after changing the channel loading conditions.