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

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

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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If any of the meals I prepare go wrong or are not as he prefers them,he shouts at me and I can't remember the last time I got through a whole TV programme without him changing the channel.It's got so bad that I look forward to the time that he goes to work and dread the time he returns.
They told researchers man's best friend "did not answer back and did not keep changing the channel".