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for To change one''s tune
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Change \Change\ (ch[=a]nj), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Changed
(ch[=a]njd); p. pr. & vb. n. Changing.] [F. changer, fr.
LL. cambiare, to exchange, barter, L. cambire. Cf.
1. To alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one
state to another; as, to change the position, character,
or appearance of a thing; to change the countenance.
Therefore will I change their glory into shame.
2. To alter by substituting something else for, or by giving
up for something else; as, to change the clothes; to
change one's occupation; to change one's intention.
They that do change old love for new,
Pray gods, they change for worse! --Peele.
3. To give and take reciprocally; to exchange; -- followed by
with; as, to change place, or hats, or money, with
Look upon those thousands with whom thou wouldst
not, for any interest, change thy fortune and
condition. --Jer. Taylor.
4. Specifically: To give, or receive, smaller denominations
of money (technically called change) for; as, to change a
gold coin or a bank bill.
He pulled out a thirty-pound note and bid me change
To change a horse, or To change hand (Man.), to turn or
bear the horse's head from one hand to the other, from the
left to right, or from the right to the left.
To change hands, to change owners.
To change one's tune, to become less confident or boastful.
To change step, to take a break in the regular succession
of steps, in marching or walking, as by bringing the
hollow of one foot against the heel of the other, and then
stepping off with the foot which is in advance.
Syn: To alter; vary; deviate; substitute; innovate;
diversify; shift; veer; turn. See Alter.
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