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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
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism
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Examples from the web for about-face
  • The trial served as a useful smoke screen but it did not signify any political about-face.
  • He may even benefit politically from the about-face, particularly as he will continue in the position of deputy prime minister.
  • The first couple's about-face stems from their declining political fortunes.
  • Such an arbitrary about-face cannot be countenanced.
  • If it does so, it would appear to be a fast about-face.
British Dictionary definitions for about-face

about turn

interjection
1.
a military command to a formation of men to reverse the direction in which they are facing
noun
2.
a complete change or reversal, as of opinion, attitude, direction, etc
verb
3.
(intransitive) to perform an about-turn
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