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witch hunt

An attempt to blame and punish people who hold unpopular views and opinions, often under the guise of some other investigation. The ruling party's witch hunt against its detractors sparked a civil war.
See also: hunt, witch

switch from (something) (to something else)

1. To stop doing, using, consuming, etc., something (in favor of something else). I switched from regular coffee to decaf a few years ago. I'm thinking of switching from my current Internet providers. Any suggestions?
2. To cause something to change from one type (to another). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "switch" and "from." I switched the music from soft jazz to hip-hop to inject some life into the party. You'll need a special adapter to switch the video output from a composite feed.
3. To cause someone to stop doing, using, consuming, etc., something (in favor of something else). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "switch" and "from." The doctor switched me from statins to inhibitors to help get my cholesterol under control. I've asked my boss to switch me from the morning shifts for the time being.
See also: something, switch

switch into (something)

1. To assume a different status, condition, role, etc. I find myself switching into teacher mode whenever I hear someone using incorrect grammar. The computer will switch into standby mode if you haven't done anything in more than 30 minutes.
2. To cause someone or something to assume a different status, condition, role, etc. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "switch" and "from." You can switch the machine into a performance mode uses fuel more efficiently. They said they would switch us into a lower tax bracket because of our new employment arrangements.
3. To put on a different article or set of clothing. I need to go home and switch into my new gown for the charity ball later this evening. Let me just switch into my pajamas before we start the movie.
See also: switch

switch to (something)

1. To begin doing, using, consuming, etc., something new or different. You really ought to switch to decaf, Tom—you're way too stressed out! I'm switching to more of an aerobic workout routine instead of focusing so much on weight-training.
2. To cause, allow, or facilitate someone to begin doing, using, consuming, etc., something new or different. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "switch" and "to." The phone company said they can switch me to a cheaper plan. The doctors switched him to a different kind of cholesterol medication.
3. To change or convert something to a new or different status or condition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "switch" and "to." You can switch the plane to autopilot for most of the journey. Please switch the computer to standby mode when you're leaving for the night.
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*cold as a welldigger's ass (in January)

 and *cold as a welldigger's feet (in January); *cold as a witch's caress; *cold as marble; *cold as a witch's tit; *cold as a welldigger's ears (in January)
very, very cold; chilling. (Use caution with ass. *Also: as ~.) Bill: How's the weather where you are? Tom: Cold as a welldigger's ass in January. By the time I got in from the storm, I was as cold as a welldigger's feet. The car's heater broke, so it's as cold as a welldigger's ears to ride around in it. She gave me a look as cold as a witch's caress.
See also: ass, cold

witch hunt

a campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views.
The expression was inspired by the persecution in former times of people believed to be witches, often culminating in execution by burning.
See also: hunt, witch
References in classic literature ?
And that country, where the Winkies live, is ruled by the Wicked Witch of the West, who would make you her slave if you passed her way.
No, I cannot do that," she replied, "but I will give you my kiss, and no one will dare injure a person who has been kissed by the Witch of the North.
The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick," said the Witch, "so you cannot miss it.
The Witch gave Dorothy a friendly little nod, whirled around on her left heel three times, and straightway disappeared, much to the surprise of little Toto, who barked after her loudly enough when she had gone, because he had been afraid even to growl while she stood by.
But Dorothy, knowing her to be a witch, had expected her to disappear in just that way, and was not surprised in the least.
Even had you stood by and seen the scarecrow made, you could scarcely have resisted the conviction that it perfectly understood the cunning counsels which the old witch poured into its counterfeit of an ear.
I hold myself a better witch than yesterday, for thy sake.
She watched him until out of sight, and threw a witch benediction after her darling, when a turn of the road snatched him from her view.
While thus muttering, the witch had filled a fresh pipe of tobacco, and held the stem between her fingers, as doubtful whether to thrust it into her own mouth or Feathertop's.
Maisor said the witch buster was at a home of an old man whom villagers accused of being a witch.
A bronze statue of Elizabeth as Samantha riding her broomstick can now be found in Salem, Cher, Van Massachusetts, home to the infamous witch trials of the 17th century.
The unforgettable Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West, waiting to pounce on Dorothy and Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz
Veronica Lake played a 17thcentury witch who returned centuries later to cause trouble for the descendant of the man who ordered her burnt at the stake in the 1942 film, while the big screen version of Broadway hit Bell, Book and Candle saw Kim Novak casting a love spell over James Stewart as modern witch Gil.
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people
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