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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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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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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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Mary McClintock Fulkerson's Changing the Subject, which appeared five years later, not only uses feminist and critical theory as its methodology, but takes on the burdensome task of introducing that theory and exploring in detail what it offers feminist and liberation theology.
In Changing the Subject, Fulkerson goes beyond Chopp to display the positions of specific women's groups in their considerable complexity.
He seemed very embarrassed about that question and he was evasive, changing the subject quickly.
We kept changing the subject, trying to avoid telling her that her mother and sister died.
Unwilling to acknowledge their undemocratic bias, council members have tried changing the subject.
You come back one week and they're not here, and you know why,'' Georgia says, quickly changing the subject.