right about face

right about face

noun
1.
Military.
a.
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.
b.
the act of so turning in a prescribed military manner.
2.
rightabout ( def 2 ).
3.
any complete reversal, as of conduct or opinion.
Also, rightabout-face, right-about-face.


Origin:
1805–15

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