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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

switch something (from something) (in)to something

to change something from one thing into another. The magician switched the silk scarf from red into green. I would love to be able to switch lead into gold.
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switch something to (something else)

to change something to something else. It was hot so I switched the thermostat from heating to cooling. Mary switched the controls to automatic so she wouldn't have to worry about them constantly.
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switch to something

to change to something. I am going to switch to a cheaper brand of tissues. We switched to a different long-distance telephone company to save some money.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Similarly, Frans Francken II also used witches to construct an artistic identity.
Removing a production of The Witch of Edmonton from the real-life circumstance of the play's performance, only a few months after the actual execution of the title figure in the spring of 1621, and taking little notice of the proximity of the real-life imprisoned accused witches to the stage on which The Late Lancashire Witches was being played in 1634, diminishes the power that the stage witches must have exerted over their audiences, even though, through time, playgoers were becoming increasingly skeptical.
They contain potent psychedelic drugs, revealing the witches to be precursors of today's drug addicts.
(133) Early modern women certainly lived in a society permeated by violence, and the cross-cultural and biological evidence suggests that it is no wonder that some of them acted in ways that made them seem like witches to their neighbors, particularly in the increasingly difficult demographic and socioeconomic circumstances of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
In her article, Jencson counters the standard feminist conclusion that contemporary witchcraft empowers women and argues convincingly that the Goddess is used misogynistically by some male witches to seduce and abuse women.
Wookey Hole said the role is open to men, women and even trans-gender witches to comply with sexual discrimination laws.
In a perceptive study of Baldung's art Hult s emphasizes his concern with formal matters and relates the Weather Witches to an Italian work, Parmigianino's Cupid Carving a Bow of 1535, on stylistic grounds (1982, 128), but they may be related in other ways as well.
A chapter on "choosing to be a witch" explores the confessions of witches to show how some of these women (the few for whom any evidence at all is available) used cultural materials to shape their own identities.