circumstances alter cases

1678 T. RYMER Tragedies of Lost Age 177 There may be circumstances that alter the case, as when there is a sufficient ground of partiality.

1776 W. HEATH Memoirs (1798) 92 Our General reflected for a moment, that as circumstances alter cases, Gen. Washington..might possibly wish for some aid.

1895 J. PAYN In Market Overt xxxix. Circumstances alter cases even with the best of us, as was shown in a day or two in the conduct of the Lord Bishop.

1938 A. CHRISTIE Appointment with Death xiii. It is undoubtedly true that circumstances alter cases. I do feel..that in the present circumstances decisions may have to be reconsidered.

1998 ‘C. AIRD’ Stiff News (2000) v. 56 ‘I didn’t say anything before,’ the Matron murmured awkwardly, ‘because I couldn’t imagine that it could be important.’ ‘Circumstances alter cases,’ said Crosby prosaically.


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  • circumstances alter cases — {formal} The way things are, or happen, may change the way you are expected to act. * /John s father told him never to touch his gun, but one day when Father was away, John used it to shoot a poisonous snake that came into the yard. Circumstances …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • circumstances alter cases — {formal} The way things are, or happen, may change the way you are expected to act. * /John s father told him never to touch his gun, but one day when Father was away, John used it to shoot a poisonous snake that came into the yard. Circumstances …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • circumstances\ alter\ cases — formal the way things are, or happen, may change the way you are expected to act. John s father told him never to touch his gun, but one day when Father was away, John used it to shoot a poisonous snake that came into the yard. Circumstances… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • alter — See: CIRCUMSTANCES ALTER CASES …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • circumstance — [sʉr′kəm stans΄, sʉr′kəmstəns] n. [OFr < L circumstantia, a standing around, condition < circumstare < circum, around + stare,STAND] 1. a fact or event accompanying another, either incidentally or as an essential condition or determining …   English World dictionary

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