change of pace

[ cheynjuhv peys ]
/ ˈtʃeɪndʒ əv ˈpeɪs /

noun

temporary shift or variation in a normal routine or regular pattern of activity: Reading a mystery novel has been a real change of pace for me.
Baseball: Older Use. changeup.

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Origin of change of pace

First recorded in 1650–60; 1865–70 for def. 2
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Idioms and Phrases with change of pace

change of pace

A shift in normal routine, a variation in usual activities or pattern, as in She's smiling in that one photo, just for a change of pace, or After six hours at my desk I need a change of pace, so I'm going for a swim. This term originated in a number of sports where strategy can involve altering the speed of, for example, a pitched or struck ball or a horse's gait. By the mid-1900s it was being transferred to other enterprises.

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