U-turn

U-turn

[yoo-turn]
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:
1925–30

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