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on a (subject or activity) kick

Experiencing a particularly intense and constant enthusiasm for some subject or activity. Jim's been on a real cycling kick ever since he bought that new bike. I'm on a bit of a politics kick at the moment, but I reckon it will die down once the election season is over.
See also: kick, on

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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drop the subject

Stop discussing this topic at once. Yes, I was late today—can we just drop the subject now? I don't want to talk about my ex anymore! Drop the subject!
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subject to (something)

Susceptible to something beforehand; likely or inclined to experience something. During your stay at this institution, your room will be subject to weekly inspections. We're subject to a yearly audit by an accounting firm that specializes in overseas tax law.
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subject (one) to (someone or something)

To force someone to tolerate, endure, or deal with someone or something. I'm sorry for subjecting you to my dad's political rant; he can't talk about anything else at dinner. The government subjected the prisoner to all sorts of physical and mental torture to extract information from him.
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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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Drop the subject!

 and Drop it!
Fig. Do not discuss it further! Bill: Sally, you're gaining a little weight. I thought you were on a diet. Sally: That's enough! Drop the subject! Bill: That house is a mess. I wonder who lives there. Mary: That's my aunt's house. Just what did you want to know about it? Bill: Oh, drop it! Sorry I asked.
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off the subject

not concerned with the subject being discussed. I got off the subject and forgot what I was supposed to be talking about. The speaker was off the subject, telling about his vacation in Hawaii.
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subject someone or something to something

to cause someone to endure someone or something. I didn't mean to subject you to Uncle Harry. I am sorry I have to subject you to all this questioning.
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subject to something

likely to have something, such as a physical disorder, The sick man was subject to dizzy spells. I am subject to frequent headaches.
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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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subject to, be

1. Be under the control or authority of, as in All citizens in this nation are subject to the law. [First half of 1300s]
2. Be prone or disposed to, as in This child has always been subject to colds. [Late 1300s]
3. Be likely to incur or receive, as in This memo is subject to misinterpretation. [Late 1300s]
4. Depend on, be likely to be affected by, as in Our vacation plans are subject to the boss's whims. [Early 1800s]
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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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subject to

v.
To cause someone to undergo or experience something: The commander subjected the troops to daily inspections. The oil platform was subjected to extreme weather.
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for cooperation, the experimental group recorded 7 subjects in the initial assessment and 15 subjects in the final assessment, with a difference of 8 subjects between the two, The control group recorded 8 subjects in the initial assessment and 11 subjects in the final assessment, with a difference of 3 subjects.
When staff at the bar refused to cash the check, the subject pushed an employee, grabbed her purse, and fled on foot.
Web Developments A wide variety of metadata schemes are being developed as more subject directories, Web portals, and digital libraries appear online.
Subjects perceived that principals encounter parent conflict issues most frequently, student conflict issues somewhat less frequently, and teacher conflict issues infrequently.
I combine these subject incongruities to express the flavor of a dance that gives Buenos Aires its identity.
In conclusion, subjects in this study were allowed to recover until rectal temperatures returned to 0.
34 scale drawings of the football field on graph paper with room to record date about each test subject (see sample, above)
The teachers use a variety of software packages to teach in their subject areas (mean = 3.
Exploitation of human research subjects is more common now than in previous times, or else better exposed.
Subjects are not slaves or serfs, but brothers and not only each a brother of the King, but also considered as a body, they are and should be called Lords of the Realm.
In conclusion, measurements of the static visual vertical in healthy subjects are highly reproducible, and repeated measurements can serve as a useful tool in the follow-up of patients with acute vestibular neuritis.
This study investigates how exercise intensity affects subjects with CP.
James Cox, one of Smith's colleagues at the University of Arizona, has been running a variant of this experiment where subjects know that everything they put in the envelope will get tripled by the experimenter before it's sent to the other room.
It examines the responses of secondary school students concerning their favourite, and least favourite, subjects according to gender.
These subjects were matched with 44 uninfected controls based on smoking history and age.