about turn/about face


about turn/about face
   This term refers to a complete change of opinion or policy.
   

The ambassador's recent declarations indicate an about turn in foreign policy.


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  • About Face — can refer to: * about face , a military movement in which a unit or soldier makes a 180 degree turn. * About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, Colonel David H. Hackworth s Autobiography * About Face , a 1984 album by David Gilmour. *… …   Wikipedia

  • about-face — ☆ about face [ə bout′fās΄, ə bout′fās′; ] for v. [, ə bout΄fās′ ] n. 1. a sharp turn to the opposite direction, esp. in response to a military command 2. a sharp change in attitude or opinion vi. about faced, about facing to turn or face in the… …   English World dictionary

  • about-face — about faces N COUNT An about face is a complete change of attitude or opinion. Few observers believe the president will do an about face and start spending more. Syn: about turn, volte face …   English dictionary

  • about-face — [n] change in direction changeabout, double, doubleback, reversal, reverse, turn, turnabout, volte face; concept 697 …   New thesaurus

  • about face — (used as a military command to perform an about face). [1860 65, Amer.] * * * a|bout face «noun. uh BOWT FAYS; verb. uh BOWT FAYS», noun, verb, faced, fac|ing. Especially U.S. –n. 1. a turning or going in the opposite direction. 2. a shift to the …   Useful english dictionary

  • about face — Synonyms and related words: about turn, accommodation, adaptation, adjustment, afterthoughts, alchemy, alteration, amelioration, apostasy, assimilation, assumption, back track, back trail, backing, backing off, backing out, backing up,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • about-face — 1. noun An abrupt turn to face the opposite direction; often used metaphorically. The soldier did an about face and marched off. 2. verb To turn 180 degrees to face the opposite …   Wiktionary

  • about-face — n. /euh bowt fays , euh bowt fays /; v. /euh bowt fays /, n., v., about faced, about facing. n. 1. Mil. a turn of 180° from the position of attention. 2. a complete, sudden change in position, direction, principle, attitude, etc.: They ve done an …   Universalium

  • about-face — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms about face : singular about face plural about faces mainly American an about turn …   English dictionary

  • about-face — noun Etymology: from the imperative phrase about face Date: 1861 1. a 180° turn to the right from the position of attention 2. a reversal of direction 3. a reversal of attitude, behavior, or point of view …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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