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right about face

or rightabout-face, right-about-face

  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.
rightabout (def 2).
any complete reversal, as of conduct or opinion.
Origin of right about face
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The recent endeavours of his journal to whip the Government-team to a right-about-face were annoying, preposterous.

  • Now, what is the reason of this right-about-face on the part of the poet?

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • It had shocked him from his orbit and set him to the right-about-face.

    Satan Sanderson Hallie Erminie Rives
  • It was like being dismissed from parade; a right-about-face, march!

    Raw Gold Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • The general-aide-de-camp executed a right-about-face, like a soldier on parade; the Prince still smiled.

  • The editor of the Globe made a right-about-face—repudiating us.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • He would make a right-about-face, travel for a year on a sailing vessel, see the world.

    The Stolen Singer Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  • Our ideal in these respects needs some right-about-face orders from our conscience.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow
  • The acceptance of any such standards of social life involves a right-about-face in the basic social philosophy of the world.

    The Next Step Scott Nearing
  • It was right-about-face in my pocket, and I lost a good half-second in getting it into the correct position for time-telling.

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