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    change out of all recognition

    Barcelona has changed out of all recognition.
    I couldn't catch the meaning, could you pls enlighten me?
    Thanks.


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    Re: change out of all recognition

    It means that the city has changed so much that people are unable to recognize it.
    Here is the explanation from the online version of the Macmillan Dictionary:

    beyond/out of (all) recognition
    in a way that makes it impossible to recognize who someone is or what something is

    Many of the bodies were burned beyond all recognition.

    Family life has changed out of all recognition in the space of a few generations.

    I hope that helps.

    Have a nice day. :)

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