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[volt-fahs, vohlt-; French vawltuh-fas] /vɒltˈfɑs, voʊlt-; French vɔltəˈfas/
noun, plural volte-face.
a turnabout, especially a reversal of opinion or policy.
Origin of volte-face
1810-20; < French < Italian voltafaccia, equivalent to volta turn (see volt2) + faccia face Unabridged
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noun (pl) volte-face
a reversal, as in opinion or policy
a change of position so as to look, lie, etc, in the opposite direction
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Italian volta-faccia, from volta a turn + faccia face
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Word Origin and History for volte-face

a reversal of opinion, 1819, French, from Italian volta faccia, literally "turn face," from volta, imper. of voltare "to turn" (from Vulgar Latin *volvita, from Latin volvere "to roll;" see volvox) + faccia (see face).

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