that's a switch

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of that's a switch

used to say that something is a sudden change from what is usual
  • "He says he'll do it himself." "Well, that's a switch."

Word by Word Definitions

that play
  1. : the person, thing, or idea indicated, mentioned, or understood from the situation

  2. : the time, action, or event specified

  3. : the kind or thing specified as follows

  1. used as a function word to introduce a noun clause that is usually the subject or object of a verb or a predicate nominative

  2. used as a function word to introduce a subordinate clause that is anticipated by the expletive it occurring as subject of the verb

  3. used as a function word to introduce a subordinate clause that is joined as complement to a noun or adjective

  1. : being the person, thing, or idea specified, mentioned, or understood

  2. : being the one specified

  3. : so great a : such

  1. used as a function word to introduce a restrictive relative clause and to serve as a substitute within that clause for the substantive modified by the clause

  2. : at which : in which : on which : by which : with which : to which

  3. : according to what : to the extent of what

  1. : to such an extent

  2. : very, extremely

switch play
  1. : a slender flexible whip, rod, or twig

  2. : an act of switching: such as

  3. : a blow with a switch

  1. : to strike or beat with or as if with a switch

  2. : whisk, lash

  3. : to turn from one railroad track to another : shunt


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