Put a different complexion on - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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put a new complexion on (something)
To alter the appearance, perception, or interpretation of something; to recontextualize something so as to suggest a new or different interpretation. The information given to us by the former secretary certainly puts a new complexion on the incident. I recommend that we drop the charges for now. The leaked email chain detailing his protests against the company's policy puts a new complexion on his sudden firing last week.
put a new/different comˈplexion on something change the way that a situation appears: What the police officer had just told me put quite a different complexion on the mystery.
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We could have been two up in the first 15 minutes which would have put a different complexion on
The Beveree Stadium had seen an even first half with both sides having chances to go ahead but a Matt Flitter strike three minutes into the second half put a different complexion on