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Friday, February 01, 2002

Definitions for volte-face

  1. An about-face; a reversal, as in policy or opinion.

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Citations for volte-face
I was eventually eased out of the organisation, but not before British policy had performed a volte-face on Cyprus, the colony had gained independence, and yesterday's political wisdoms had suddenly been repudiated. George Urban, Radio Free Europe and the Pursuit of Democracy
In a sudden volte-face, he seemed to accept the agreement; then, when the besieged forces came out to embark, he had their barges held in port. Richard Eder, New York Times
Origin of volte-face
1810-1820
Volte-face comes from French, from Italian voltafaccia, from volta, "turn" + faccia, "face."