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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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Subjects comprised in this research are represented by 30 students divided into two groups, an experimental one (15 students) and a control one (15 students).
Unfortunately, it is during the restraining and transporting process that some subjects suddenly experience respiratory arrest resulting in death.
In clinical studies, perchlorate has been administered prospectively to 68 normal subjects for 2 weeks to 6 months.
Within the Web environment, children can now access specialized collections of resources in digital libraries, subject directories, and Web portals that are designed specifically for their use.
Studies have shown that subjects who participated in conflict resolution training were significantly more likely to produce positive results in problem solving simulations than untrained participants (Feeny and Davidson, 1996; Davidson and Versluys 1999).
In this column, I continue the lesson by examining how to tell a story by contrasting differing behaviors and appearances of your subjects.
Seven incumbent female fire fighters (30-42 years) from local fire departments participated as subjects.
Botstein says thoroughly educating teachers about the subjects they will teach will equip them with new ways to help students solve problems and jump hurdles.
The subject used to be thought of as an individual with a single, unchanging identity.
Don't allow subjects to watch each other wlak the field.
We chose a five point Likert scale for the subjects to indicate how strongly they agree that teachers in their place of assignment infused technology into their curriculum.
But only those willing to trample human rights resist reasonable restrictions on risks to which human research subjects are exposed.
Montaigne's insistence on an equality among men, to be altered only by specific arrangements, does not, however, entail a rejection of the view that government originates in a social contract whose terms require men to renounce and not to attempt to reclaim their natural liberty, at least as political subjects.
The healthy subjects were similarly tested at 2 and 4 weeks following their baseline evaluation.
We examined the heart rate (HR) of subjects with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) in order to estimate exercise intensity while walking.