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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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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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Chopp and Sheila Greeve Davaney (Fortress Press: Minneapolis, 1997), 19-21; Fulkerson, Changing the Subject, 5-8.
"Changing the subject" suggests early modern women's attempts to transform their subordinated position into a platform for cultural engagement; it marks the critical shift towards gender as a key category of analysis; and it embraces the poststructuralist critique of the autonomous, implicitly male, subject of liberal humanism.
Peck: Changing the subject to OBRA survey enforcement, now that HCFA's survey revision proposals appear to be in limbo, at least for a while, with not much hope of improvement in sight, how are you counseling members about this?
And if - as the ads imply - the industry wants recycling to succeed, the APC budget might be better spent on creating a recycling infrastructure than on changing the subject.
The 75-year-old blurted out the word just once about Elisabeth before changing the subject to talk about his fantasies of starting life anew with his ex-wife, reports the Daily Mail.
Quizzed whether he and fiance Mezhgan Hussainy wanted children, Cowell said "maybe" before changing the subject.