put a different complexion on (something)

put a different 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 different complexion on the whole incident. I recommend that we drop the charges for now. The leaked email chain detailing the former Chief Operating Officer's protests against the company's policy puts a different complexion on his sudden firing last week.
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