About-face Definition

ə-boutfās
about-faced, about-faces, about-facing
noun
about-faces
The act of pivoting to face in the opposite direction from the original, especially in a military formation.
American Heritage
A sharp turn to the opposite direction, esp. in response to a military command.
Webster's New World
A sharp change in attitude or opinion.
Webster's New World

(military)Alternative form of about-face.

Wiktionary
verb
about-faced, about-faces, about-facing
To turn or face in the opposite direction.
Webster's New World
To change opinion or attitude drastically.
A politician will about-face at the drop of a hat if he thinks there are votes in it.
Wiktionary

(military)Alternative form of about-face.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
reversedouble
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Other Word Forms of About-face

Noun

Singular:
about-face
Plural:
about-faces

Origin of About-face

  • First used in the imperative in the military.

    From Wiktionary

  • about +"Ž face

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in 1861.

    From Wiktionary

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