- a turn so as to face the opposite way; about-face
- a complete reversal of opinion, attitude, etc.
Origin of volte-faceFrench ; from Italian volta faccia ; from volta, a turn (see volt) + faccia ; from Vulgar Latin facia, face
A reversal, as in policy; an about-face.
Origin of volte-faceFrench, from Italian voltafaccia : volta (from voltare, to turn; see vault2) + faccia, face (from Vulgar Latin *facia; see face).
From the Latin meaning literally about face.