About-face meaning

ə-boutfās
To reverse direction.
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A sharp change in attitude or opinion.
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A total change of attitude or viewpoint.
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A sharp turn to the opposite direction, esp. in response to a military command.
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To turn or face in the opposite direction.
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(military) An abrupt turn to face the opposite direction.

The soldier did an about-face and marched off.

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A reversal in direction; reversal of attitude or opinion.

When Luke heard the news, he did an abrupt about-face on the policy.

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(intransitive) To turn 180 degrees to face the opposite direction;

The soldiers would about-face immediately after the order was given.

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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.

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(military)Alternative form of about-face.
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(military)Alternative form of about-face.
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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