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sea change

noun
1.
a striking change, as in appearance, often for the better.
2.
any major transformation or alteration.
3.
a transformation brought about by the sea.
Origin of sea change
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10
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  • I wrought to bring about in this Trafalgar Square soul a sea change.

    Tongues of Conscience

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • To suffer this sea change was bad enough, but to laugh about it was diabolical.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • Every American has had these phases, has suffered the sea change and the land.

    The Spell of Scotland

    Keith Clark
  • "I see that your feeling towards Gaynor has suffered a 'sea change,'" he said.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • But with a sea change the story took up many other and varied rles.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for sea change

sea change

noun
1.
a seemingly magical change, as brought about by the action of the sea
Word Origin
coined by Shakespeare, in Ariel's song ``Full Fathom Five'' in The Tempest (1611)
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