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right face

noun, Military
1.
a command, given to a soldier or soldiers at attention, to turn the body 90° toward the right.
2.
the act of so turning in a prescribed military manner.

right about face

or rightabout-face, right-about-face

noun
1.
Military.
  1. a command, given to a soldier or soldiers at attention, to turn the body about toward the right so as to face in the opposite direction.
  2. the act of so turning in a prescribed military manner.
2.
rightabout (def 2).
3.
any complete reversal, as of conduct or opinion.
Origin of right about face
1805-1815
1805-15
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  • The road passed over the right face of the ravelin, and thence at right angles to the centre of the tenailles.

    Annals of a Fortress E. Viollet-le-Duc
  • I had to find the right face of the twelve-sided thing so that I could open the right gate.

    The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman
  • When that is done, and it is very quickly done, the orderly commands, "right face!"

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • He then ranged them all in a row, made them turn to the right face, clap their hands simultaneously, and disperse.

    The Poacher Frederick Marryat
  • The Russians took the centre and right face, our men being ordered to advance parallel to the left face.

    Our Sailors W.H.G. Kingston
  • He strolled about sizing up people, but it was long before just the right face and situation arrived.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • The defense on the right face of the town was conducted by Colonel Maitland.

    True to the Old Flag G. A. Henty
  • As they retired the right face of the square commenced the action by a brisk fire.

  • When I can see a thing, right face to, I can do it—sometimes!

    Pippin; A Wandering Flame Laura E. Richards
  • "Little soldier--right face," he whispered--and Keineth knew that he meant she should be very brave over it all.

    Keineth Jane D. Abbott

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