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sea change

A massive, fundamental shift or transformation. The transition from using desktop computers to mobile devices represents a sea change in data management within the field of information technology.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

sea change

Fig. a major change or transformation. This is not the time for a sea change in our manufacturing division. There are too many orders at the moment.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a sea change

COMMON A sea change is a complete change in someone's attitudes or behaviour. There has been a sea change in attitudes to drink-driving, thanks to greater public awareness of the problem. Note: This phrase is taken from act 1 scene 2 of Shakespeare's play `The Tempest' (1611), which begins with a storm at sea and is a tale of magic and transformation: `Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made: Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.'
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

sea change, a

A radical change, a transformation. Shakespeare coined this cliché in The Tempest (1.2): “Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea change Into something rich and strange.” Nearly four centuries later, J. A. Jance used it in Devil’s Claw (2000): “For the very first time . . . she had called her future son-in-law Butch instead of Frederick. It indicated a sea change in her mother’s attitude, and that was pretty damned wonderful, too.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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