about face

interjection
(used as a military command to perform an about-face).

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism

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about-face

[n. uh-bout-feys, uh-bout-feys; v. uh-bout-feys]
noun
1.
Military. a turn of 180° from the position of attention.
2.
a complete, sudden change in position, direction, principle, attitude, etc.: They've done an about-face in their foreign policy.
verb (used without object), about-faced, about-facing.
3.
to execute an about face.
4.
to turn in the opposite direction.
5.
to switch to an opposite opinion.

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism

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about turn or (US) about face
 
interj
1.  a military command to a formation of men to reverse the direction in which they are facing
 
n
2.  a complete change or reversal, as of opinion, attitude, direction, etc
 
vb
3.  (intr) to perform an about-turn
 
about face or (US) about face
 
interj
 
n
 
vb

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