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U-turn

[yoo-turn] /ˈyuˌtɜrn/
noun
1.
a U -shaped turn made by a vehicle so as to head in the opposite direction from its original course.
2.
a reversal of policy, tactics, or the like, resembling such a maneuver.
verb (used without object)
3.
to execute a U-turn:
to U-turn into oncoming traffic.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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British Dictionary definitions for U-turn

U-turn

noun
1.
a turn made by a vehicle in the shape of a U, resulting in a reversal of direction
2.
a complete change in direction of political or other policy
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Word Origin and History for U-turn
n.

1934, from u + turn (n.). So called in reference to the shape of the path described.

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