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about face

interjection
1.
(used as a military command to perform an about-face).
Origin of about face
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism

about-face

[n. uh-bout-feys, uh-bout-feys; v. uh-bout-feys] /n. əˈbaʊtˌfeɪs, əˈbaʊtˈfeɪs; v. əˌbaʊtˈfeɪs/
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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