shift ground

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shift (one's) ground

To adopt a different viewpoint or opinion. I was shocked when Liz suddenly shifted her ground and started seeing things as I did.
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shift one's ground

Fig. to change one's opinions or arguments, often without being challenged or opposed. At first Jack and I were on opposite sides, but he suddenly shifted ground and started agreeing with me. Jim has very fixed views. You won't find him shifting his ground.
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But the meeting, which lasted over two hours, failed to resolve the problem, with each camp not ready to shift ground.
Faced with nearly solid opposition from Senate Democrats, Boland has left open the possibility of accepting the council's position - prompting Ferraro and Deaton to shift ground.