change the subject

idiom

: to start a new topic of conversation
I didn't want to talk about work, so I changed the subject.

Examples of change the subject in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the same breath, however, Woods was quick to change the subject to finishing drives. Stefan Stevenson, Dallas News, 12 Sep. 2023 Kennedy kept his about-face, as another guest soon tried to change the subject. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 13 July 2023 While Trump's rivals may not be ready to fully take him on, the party establishment is increasingly active in trying to block his acolytes from being nominated in down ballot races or encouraging hopefuls to change the subject from its losing messages of the past. Sara Burnett, ajc, 19 June 2023 When asked about the civil judgment against Trump on Fox News minutes after it was announced, McDaniel sought to change the subject. David Mark, Washington Examiner, 9 May 2023 Far from the deck-top celebration, no one watched the scenes from the Lincoln with more interest than the nine Democrats who are fighting for the right to run against Bush next year -- all of whom would like to change the subject very quickly from war victories abroad to economic woes at home. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2023 If someone asks you about children, get ready to change the subject or walk away from the conversation. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2023 The solution is to change the subject, change your position in the room, or, if all else fails, change the guest list next time. Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin, oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 So far, most Republican candidates have sought to dodge the topic or change the subject. Patrick T. Brown, CNN, 13 Oct. 2022 See More

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“Change the subject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/change%20the%20subject. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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